African porcupine outwits seven lions


This video from Kruger National Park South Africa says about itself:

10 April 2018

If I told you 7 male lions were after prey, you’d think that the prey is long gone… This porcupine definitely has luck and experience on its side to be able to teach 7 male lions a lesson!

Hennie Bekker (36), Director at Private Kruger Safaris, caught this action on camera. He told Latessightings.com: “We headed out in a South Easterly direction from Lower Sabie and at first there was only general game. We spotted a jackal hanging around close to the vehicle and then suddenly heard a rattling sound. We looked around to see where the sound was coming from and noticed 7 young lions trying to corner a porcupine.

I was very eager to see what was going on as I have spent a lot of time in the Kruger Park and rarely ever encountered a porcupine, so to see the lions interacting with the porcupine was definitely exciting. It was astounding to see how all these lions were unable to get the upper hand on the porcupine, as the porcupine cleverly kept his back towards them at all times. After a few good minutes, the lions gave up as they realised they were not getting anywhere and the game was over! The lions then moved on to drink water and walked off into the darkness and the porcupine lived to see another amazing day in Kruger”.

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Kenyan mongoose escapes from lions


This 13 March 2018 video says about itself:

Mahendra Jain captured this beautiful moment of fun and games in Kenya and told Latestsightings.com how it all played out: “It was a stunning drive. We were ready to go out and do some game viewing, I was admiring the splendor of the vast landscape surrounding me.”

“I happened to notice that there was a pride of very young lion cubs hanging around a bushy mound and wondered what they were up to…” “Seconds later, shrill screams could be heard filling the air and I could see that one of the cubs had managed to capture a mongoose.”

“The mongoose was most distraught and decided to put up the fight of its life. This little one was determined not to become anyone’s dinner, never mind chew-toy. Whilst warding off its enemy, the mongoose managed to get his lucky break and ran over to another mound giving himself an opportunity to half fly into one of the burrow openings.”

“It was very funny to watch as the cubs were most perplexed as to where their newfound toy had just disappeared off to. I can only imagine their disappointment of having a game ended before it ever really began.”

Mongeese are commonly known to be vicious fighters and extremely fast. They have no fear in standing up to any potential danger, no matter what the size. Many a hyena, leopard, lion or even snakes have been sent fleeing from the sight when they try and take on this little beast. Mongeese are incredibly clever animals, hence why their crazy David vs Goliath tactics always seem to put them in the winning seat. Dynamite, most definitely, does come in small packages here.

Lions in Namibia, BBC videos


This video says about itself:

Lions attack Oryx – Natural World: Desert Lions – BBC Earth

8 February 2018

Two lioness sisters test out their hunting skills as they attack an Oryx together.

Natural World – Desert Lions: In the mid-1980s, hundreds of lions suddenly disappeared from the Namib Desert. Now, equally mysteriously, they have returned. How can such a magnificent animal survive in one of the harshest deserts in the world?

This video says about itself:

Man saving Lion‘s life – Natural World: Desert Lions – BBC Earth

9 February 2018
Philip ‘Flip’ Stander has dedicated his life to tracking desert lions, here is how he saved a lion‘s life with the approval of the population whose livestock had been threatened.

African lions BBC videos


This video says about itself:

Finding the world’s most unusual lions – Natural World: Desert Lions – BBC Earth

4 February 2018

After going extinct in the Namib desert over 20 years ago, Philip ‘Flip’ Stander discovered that not only had the lions returned, but were thriving. Their 30% growth rate and breeding was outstanding.

This video says about itself:

Inspecting a tranquillised wild lioness – Natural World: Desert Lions – BBC Earth

2 February 2018

Philip ‘Flip’ Stander gets a chance to get a closer look at this wild lioness, her claws and her fangs, when he changes her radio collar.

Buffaloes save baby elephant from lions


This video from Kruger National Park in South Africa says about itself:

Buffaloes Rescue Baby Elephant from Lions

This is the brave moment a herd of buffaloes runs in to save a helpless elephant calf that is being defeated by a pride of hungry lions!

Hospitality expert Jill Mathews captured the unpredictable turn of events in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, on the 23rd January 2018.

Jill, 63, told LatestSightings.com the full story: “Early on this Tuesday morning, we left Punda Maria camp and headed to the almost-dry Klopperfontein Dam. As soon as we arrived, we saw 2 large bull elephants protecting a small baby elephant. There were also buffalo, zebra & impala trying to find the last remains of moisture from the dam.”

“After a while, we unexpectedly noticed a pride of lions sitting on rocks above the dam. They were very well camouflaged in the shade of some trees. In the pride, there was one lioness alert and keeping watch. Nothing happened for a long time, so we decided to leave the sighting and return later. Usually, when lions hide by a waterhole, their plan is to hunt whatever comes to drink, so we felt sure a kill was being planned.”

“At 17:15 we arrived back at the waterhole, to find the lions still where we left them earlier. We felt a sense of anticipation, knowing that the lions were strategically positioned for an attack on anything that walks too close. But we also felt a bit confused that the animals down at the water already weren’t of interest to the lions. Finally, we were in shock and disbelief as a baby elephant emerged alone & unprotected, from bush to bush. The pride of lions ambushed the baby and pounced!”

“Watching all of this happen, our hearts were pumping! The baby elephant was helpless and we were sitting and wondering where the mother was to come and help the poor baby.

From the waterhole, a group of buffaloes heard the commotion and decided to come and investigate. Buffaloes and lions are eternal enemies in the wild, so when they saw the lions, they weren’t happy. The buffaloes decided they wanted the lions out of there and proceeded to chase them away.”

“One by one, all the lions escaped and the little elephant got up and ran for his life. He ran towards the two bull elephants that were near the dam. The two bull elephants didn’t protect the scared baby elephant, the lions noticed this and closed in & attacked again. This time it was unfortunately behind a bush, out of our sight.”

“The bull elephants released a feeling of deep, raw and heartfelt emotions of loss as they noticed what was happening. My husband and I felt similar heartfelt emotions as the sole witnesses of this sighting.”

“The sighting ended with the large pride of 15-18 lions seizing the baby elephant. We presume that they finally succeeded in killing it…”

“This was extremely rare! We even think it is unrepeatable and was most definitely once in our lifetime!

Leaving this sighting, we would like to give others advice: At any sighting, read the signs that the behavior of the animal portrays and anticipate what is going to happen and be ready to video the entire scene, emotional as it may be. I regret not capturing it all as it was fast-moving and partially obscured by bushes.”

“Lastly, we would like to open a discussion and hear from others regarding answers to the questions of elephant behaviour surrounding this event: Why would this baby have been abandoned? Could it be that the mother was killed by poachers?

Did anyone else hear about /see the sequel to this the following day, as we had to leave and couldn’t return?”

Hunter killed during canned lion hunting


This video says about itself:

Dead Lion Walking: Canned Hunting in South Africa

15 May 2015

‘Dead Lion Walking’ highlights the extent of the cruel canned hunting industry in South Africa, where there are around 6000 captive lions in 200 breeding facilities. Featuring exclusive footage of these “hunts” and interviews with experts on the industry, the video shows why the public should say no to this horrendous practice and exposes the massive welfare concerns and cruelty within the lion breeding industry in South Africa.

From Yahoo! News today:

Trophy hunter is killed by stray bullet while stalking lions in Africa

A Croatian trophy hunter who boasted that he had shot ‘everything that could be hunted in Europe’ has died while hunting lions in South Africa.

Pero Jelinic, 75, was hit by a stray bullet during the hunt at a remote farm, where he had already killed one lion and was stalking another.

Jelinic was hunting at a remote farm where
lions are raised in captivity purely to be hunted.

Police say they do not know who fired the fatal shot.

Probably a hunter who does not know the difference between a fellow hunter and a lion; like Dick Cheney in the USA does not know the difference between a fellow hunter and a quail. Like another hunter does not know the difference between a hare and a female cyclist.

… His office, a hunting hall, was full of trophies, deer and bear specimens and everything that could be hunted in Croatia and Europe.

South African lions drink tourists’ drinks


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Lions join tourists for sundowner drinks!

21 November 2017

Shortly after setting up for a break from their safari, these lions showed up and thought it would be fun to join the tourists for their sundowner drinks. Amazing sighting! The lions actually stayed there and the guests had to go back the next day to collect their belongings (and what was left of the drinks). This was not filmed in South Africa’s Kruger National Park but at Nambiti Game Reserve in Natal.