Elephant kills rhino poacher, lions eat him

This April 2017 video from the Kruger National Park in South Africa says about itself:

This might be the Cutest Elephant Attack ever! Baby Elephant joins Mom in Charge. Funny!

This Elephant Calf decided to join it’s Mom in a charge towards safari tourists. The little Elephant tries to keep up and eventually hit the front when it suddenly and (very proudly) gives a warning trumpet towards the tourists!

“It was a very memorable encounter. Our guide thought that there could be a problem as soon as we came upon the group and told us that we may have to reverse quickly to leave them alone. How right he was.”

However, not always elephant attacks in Kruger are so bloodless; and not always the targets are non-violent tourists.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Rhino poacher killed by elephant and eaten by lions

In South Africa, a suspected rhino poacher has cruelly encountered the dangers of nature. He was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions. A group of five were poaching in the Kruger National Park. One of them was attacked by an elephant and died then.

The other four informed relatives of the victim, who in turn warned the authorities. Park rangers went to the scene of the incident, but because it was getting dark, they couldn’t find the victim. The next day they did find him, but then it turned out that lions had taken advantage of the corpse. The rangers only found the skull and pants of the man.

The national park has indicated in a statement that it is unwise to enter Kruger illegally on foot. “There are many dangers and this incident proves that.” The other four poachers have been arrested, they will be tried.

Big five

The Kruger National Park is located in the northeast of South Africa, along the border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique. With over 19,000 square kilometers, it is almost half the size of the Netherlands. All types of the big five are found in the park: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Poachers are a big problem just like in other game parks in Africa. They are often looking for the ivory of the tusks of elephants or the horn of rhinos.


Honey badgers survive lions

This 25 January 2019 video says about itself:

Lions intimidated by the fierce honey badgers

Honey badgers are known for their fearless nature and fierce attitude but even they are a bit cautious by their standards when facing a whole lion pride, nonetheless they left the scene unharmed simply due to their ferocious attitude.

Occurred on September, 2017 / Thornybush Nature Reserve, Rivonia, South Africa

Video filmer: “The video was taken on my morning game drive. We were tracking lions and found them but the lions got up and were moving. While they were moving, the lions and us in the game viewing vehicle stumbled upon the honey badgers. The badgers now had to move away from the vehicles and try and scare the lions away, which is not easy when you are drastically smaller than both. The badgers are extremely fierce animals and lions generally stay away from them. Some lions needed a new lesson on what they are cable of doing.”

Credit: Game Drive Channel via ViralHog

Lions attack giraffe, video

This 24 January 2019 video from South Africa says about itself:

EPIC: Giraffe Gives Lions a Ride!

Lions love to try to bring down a giraffe, because if they do, it is a massive meal that can last sometimes up to a week!

This hunt didn’t go so well, it almost looked like the giraffe was just giving the lions a lift to the other side of the road!

Africa’s version of Uber…

Francois Pienaar, safari guide, captured his best sighting ever last week in the Klaserie Game Reserve. He tells LatestSightings.com the story:

“On our early morning game drive, we found a pride of sleeping lions, as they usually do. My guests and I were watching them sleep, never expecting I was about to see the best sighting in my guiding career! We only spent a couple of minutes with them before they started moving off after their morning nap.

Whilst on our way following the lions, they spotted a very old giraffe bull unaware that a pride of lions had their eyes set on him. We sat quietly in the vehicle as we watched the lions stalking this old bull. After about 20 minutes of stalking, the chase was on! We raced in behind the lions, to see the action happening and hoping the lions would catch the big animal and bring it down.

As we tried to stay with these lions we saw some of the individuals grab at the legs and one female jumping on the back of the giraffe. With a big struggle and to our amazement the lions finally got the giraffe to a stop, still trying to bring it to the ground. The old bull giraffe, fighting to stay standing, managed to throw the lions off his back and fought his way out by trying to stomp on the lions. After about 5 hours the lions finally gave up and the old bull lived to see another day.”

How Not to Wake Up a Lioness

This 29 January 2019 video from Kenya says about itself:

Watch a massive male lion’s intense creep up to a sleeping lioness. Just as you think he is going to lie down next to her, he ends up waking her up in the absolute worst way possible!

This was filmed by 32-year-old safari guide, Joshua Loonkushu, on an evening game drive near the river. Joshua tells LatestSightings.com the story: “On the previous day, we had spotted this pride of lions that had just killed a wildebeest within the banks of the Sand River in Maasai Mara. I decided to head over there the next day to try and track them down. Luckily I managed to find them!

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.