Watch This Lion Who Leapt Up a Tree to Get Away From a Herd of Buffalo

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 20, 2023

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When we think of scared animals, it’s easy to think of animals that run for their lives. Animals such as antelopes, gazelles, wildebeest, zebras, and deer to list a few. However, it’s not only prey that gets scared. Even predators have reasons to be scared at times. As the saying goes, “There’s always a bigger fish.” In the case of this video posted just above, we see that this lion has good reason to be scared.

Lion and Buffalo Sightings in Africa

This next YouTube video is posted at the top of this blog post. This video takes us to Africa. The Incredible Wild Animals Sighting YouTube channel posted this video just yesterday. They offer a short snippet of what happened to this lion below.

“The male lion stuck up on the tree that scared of buffaloes around in the ground, and we know the male lion is a powerful and strong predator in the jungle, but this time, male lions can’t fight back into a group of buffaloes.” 

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Buffalo Herd Chases Lion Up A Tree

This video starts with the action already having taken place. A group of buffaloes have chased the king of the jungle straight up into a tree! And we see this lion is getting comfortable as he has no plans to bring it down anytime soon. 

If we skip to 36 seconds, the video rewinds to see what happens initially. The lion was relaxing on the ground, and a buffalo herd started to cross in front of the lion. The lion calmly gets up and walks over to the tree. 

At this point, the buffaloes see him and trot over to him. This lion knows his best bet is to hide up high before these buffaloes get ahold of him. 

What is The Relationship Between a Lion and a Buffalo?

Buffalo herd in the Okavango Delta

Buffalos are herbivore eaters.

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If we must define the relationship between a buffalo and a lion, it would be that they are enemies. Many animals in the wild make for a great snack but not a full meal for a lion pride. However, a large buffalo makes for one tasty meal that could feed them all. 

Buffaloes weigh up to 2,000 pounds and reach 71 inches in length. So, taking down a buffalo is not easy work. It often takes the work of multiple lions to take even one down. And in the case of this video shown above, the lion knew that an entire herd of buffalo meant nothing but trouble for him. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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