Lion cubs born, BBC video

This 13 December 2018 video recorded in Africa says about itself:

Lioness Cuddles Newborn Cubs | BBC Earth

The dry season has finally ended, time for a new generation of lion cubs to take over! Adorable newborn cubs take their first steps into the world.


Lions, from cubs to adults

This 21 November 2018 video, recorded in Africa, says about itself:

Lions: From Cute Cubs to Apex Predators | BBC Earth

Follow lions throughout the different stages of their lives and watch them grow from cute cubs to formidable hunters. What does it take for a lion to survive as an adult?

Lion attacked by hyenas, video

This 22 November 2018 video, recorded in Africa, says about itself:

Lion Attacked by Pack of Hyenas | Dynasties | BBC Earth

Preview from the next episode of Dynasties. After venturing out on his own, Red the lion finds himself facing off over twenty [spotted] hyenas. Surrounded and tiring, Red has to fight to stay alive.

Lion rescues warthog from other lions

This 30 October 2018 video says about itself:

Male Lion Rescues Warthog From Other Lions

This male lion’s eagerness ruined the hunt for everyone!

Cobus Visser, 54-year-old engineer, captured this incredible “rescue” while driving on the river road in Marloth Park last week.

Cobus tells the story: “I was driving right next to the fence in Marloth Park, which was overlooking the Kruger National Park. I was looking out to see if I could spot any wildlife in the Crocodile River. We knew about the pride of lions that were staying and hunting in that area for a couple of days now, so when we saw a few cars stopped and people standing next to the fence looking towards the river, we were sure it was the pride of lions. We were right!

We first saw the male and after a while, we spotted the lionesses. They, at first, seemed calm and relaxed. But, suddenly, the females got up, lined themselves up, and the hunt started. Emotions were through the roof! Visiting the park for more than twenty years, I’ve seen the aftermath of kills a couple of times, but never a hunt and then timing it well enough to capture it on camera too! That was the best luck of all.

For me and my family, it was the best scene ever after all these years visiting the Kruger Park. The sighting ended with this WOW feeling. What we saw just now, we saw a hunt, a catch and this fun moment were the catch got away because of the dominance of the male reacting too early, trying to claim perhaps what was not his. To me, this was for sure one of, if not the, best sighting I have ever experienced after all the years visiting. When you drive in on Safari, drive slowly then you will see plenty.”

Lion tries to steal leopard’s food

This 23 October 2018 video says about itself:

Lion Tries Stealing Food from Leopard

Unbelievable sighting of a male lion trying his luck climbing up a tree to confront a leopard that’s busy eating his food

Earlier this month, Graeme Mitchley, 47-year-old Deputy Principle of Hurlyvale Primary School, was near Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park, in South Africa, when he came across this action-packed sighting! Graeme tells the story:

“I had been watching a leopard across the other side of the river. He was stalking and definitely hunting. The bush was thick and I kept on losing visual. There was no point trying to photograph or video the sighting at this point. I thought I would just enjoy the scene. I noticed an impala herd nearby and I realised that they had grabbed his attention.

All of a sudden, there was dust everywhere and the impala herd scattered! There was a lot of alarm calling when I noticed the leopard hauling a bushbuck carcass into a nearby tree. I was in a bad position and realised I would have to move my car into a better position so I could start videoing the scene.

Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed movement in the river. Two male lions had also just seen the leopard haul the carcass into the tree and were dashing in that direction. Finally, I managed to start filming.

One of the lions decided he wanted the leopard’s kill and climbed the tree. It was amazing to witness, a first for me. He swung his left paw towards the leopard and kill, the leopard just managed to evade his clutches and went higher up. The branches were not that thick higher up, I was amazed at the leopard’s agility.

What also amazed me, was the fact that he was taking the kill with him, he wasn’t letting the lion have any! The lion soon realised he was in a no-win situation and decided to descend. He was in a very awkward position and it was quite funny to watch. The lion eventually got back on to the ground and both lions made their way down to the river. After realising all was clear the leopard moved further down the tree to continue his meal.

My heart was pumping and the adrenaline was flowing. Just to see a leopard or a lion is an amazing experience, but to witness the interaction between the two was mind-blowing. It was also the first time I had seen a lion climb into a tree to try and steal a leopard’s kill.

I drove away from the scene in second heaven, I was still pinching myself an hour later asking myself if I had actually watched that scene play out.

It is hard to predict what is going to happen in nature. All I can say is, be patient and see what unfolds. I patiently watched a leopard for half an hour stalking his prey, I didn’t know how the scene was going to play out. Other cars got bored and drove away. Little did anyone know there were also two lions hiding in the reeds! After seeing how the scene was going to unfold I got into position as quickly as possible and started filming. Always have your camera ready 🙂 Most people left the leopard sighting as he was far off and wasn’t always visible. When the lions made a dash for the tree, two other cars joined the scene. The people in the car next to me got very excited, you can hear them in the video. All the while I held my nerve and started filming. But my heart was going a hundred miles an hour. Even now I get so excited just thinking about the scene.”