Zebra Tries to Escape Lions But Hits a Mud Patch and Wipes Out, Sealing Its Fate

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: October 24, 2023

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Video Discretion Advised: This YouTube video below has a disclaimer stating, “Not for sensitive viewers.” 

When a prey comes across a predator, their “fight or flight” response kicks in. And we feel that when those responses kick in, it at least gives that prey a fighting chance at survival. However, sometimes, when that animal chooses a fight or flight response, it does not always work out the way that they hope, and we see this happen in the video below. 

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The Wipe Out

As the video starts, we see two adult lions that are relaxing in the mud near a small watering hole. They are using this opportunity to get the rejuvenation that they need. Suddenly, we see three zebras walk up. They undoubtedly have no idea that these predators lie in wait. Once they sense these zebras, we see the lions stand at attention. The zebras take off at a high rate of speed. 

The zebras have chosen their “flight response.” However, sadly, at 15 seconds, we see one of the zebras trip and fall. He completely wipes out. This gives the lions the perfect opportunity, and they rush in and complete the kill.

How Fast Can Zebras Run?

What do lions eat - lion hunting zebra

Lions can run up to 35 miles per hour.

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Zebras of the genus Equus can be found in open grasslands in Africa. These large mammals can weigh anywhere from 386 to 992 pounds and reach nine feet in length. 

Despite the size of these beasts, the adult zebra can run as fast as 40 miles per hour. Couple this speed with these zebras in the video posted below running from predators; it is no wonder that the one zebra tripped and fell.

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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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