Watch This ‘Tough as Nails” Baboon Valiantly Battle a Pride of Lions

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Written by Sharon Parry

Updated: October 21, 2023

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One of the skills you need as a predator is to know how to avoid getting injured yourself. When a lioness takes on a large baboon, that risk of injury is very real. Baboons have sharp nails and teeth and are not scared to use them. In the below clip, we get to see a baboon getting caught off guard by a stalking lioness.

She manages to avoid getting injured but is chased off by the aggressive primate. The baboon gets injured in the encounter and finds himself stuck up a small tree surrounded by several lionesses. We learn that he survived the night but don’t get to find out what happened to him after that.

Watch the Fascinating Clip Below

Baboon escapes lioness pride

Olive Baboons in Masai Mara

olive baboon sitting

Olive baboons are one of the larger species of baboons and have eyes that are deep-set under their flat top head.

This footage was shot in the Masai Mara which is home to some olive baboons, also called the Anubis baboon. They are one of the larger species of baboons and have an olive green/grey coat. These baboons live in groups that can be as large as 100 individuals but normally consist of between 20 and 50 baboons.

Baboons are known for being aggressive when they are under attack. They are also highly intelligent and have a complex social structure. They are omnivores and have a varied diet that includes rodents and even the young of larger mammals. To help them catch prey they have large canines which can be used as a weapon if needed.

How Do Lionesses Hunt?

pride of lions

Lions hide in long grass when stalking prey

Lionesses live in groups called prides and hunt together. By acting as a team, they maximize their chances of success. Lions are generalist hunters and stalk and ambush their prey. You can see the lioness doing just this in the clip. Lions have been seen ambushing groups of baboons on the ground but if the primates get into a tree, lions are highly unlikely to follow. Their bodies are not designed for branch-level pursuits.

It is the larger, heavier, and often more experienced lionesses that lead the hunt. Lions learn how to use uneven terrain and vegetation to hide themselves. That worked very well here – the baboon was taken completely by surprise.


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Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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