Watch: Pride of lions mesmeris

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Watch: Pride of lions mesmerised by ‘feisty’ crab [video]

The Kambula pride of lions in the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa was mesmerised when a crab tried to make its way into its burrow.

Watch: Pride of lions mesmeris

Image: YouTube/LatestSightings

A pride of lions was recently mesmerised by a little crab who came out of its burrow in the daylight.

Lions vs Crab

The crab – who was described as ‘feisty – proved to be a strange object to the six lions in the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa. Latest Sightings shared the story, saying that the scuttling crab was spotted by the Kambula pride of lions and lionesses and it sparked their curiosity.

Rangers Ruggiero Barreto and Robyn Sewell (who captured the footage) said that they didn’t expect a lone crab to take on the pride of lions.

They told Latest Sightings that they found the lions in the Mlowathi Riverbed.

“Suddenly we noticed one of the sub-adults get up and start staring at something and at first we thought it was a scorpion but it was a crab. They normally only come out after dark but this one was crossing the river in daylight and it aroused the curiosity of the young lions in the pride.”

Good odds

The lions were surprised by the appearance of perhaps something they had not seen before and the first lion went over to investigate what it was.

“The crab went up on its back legs and had its claws at the ready. The poor little fella was trying to make it to the riverbank where its burrow was when more lions came over to check it out until there were five of them.”

The crab kept its claws up at the lions as it backed up until it made the bank and disappeared into a burrow and then the young lions lost interest.

“Not many betting people would have given the crab good odds on making it across the river past a pride of lions but this little fella was up for it,” they said further.

Super-strength pincers

The only crab in the world with enough force in its claws to match a lion bite is the coconut crab which grows to 18 inches (about 45 cm) and has super-strength pincers. Marine biologist Shinichiro Oka told Reuters that the pinching force of the largest coconut crab is almost equal to the bite force of an adult lion it is so strong.

“They can generate a force of about 90 times their body weight allowing them to crush something with about six tons of force so close to a lion,” he said. “The bird-eating-behemoths are found on the islands in the Indian and Pacific Ocean and are so strong can smash open coconuts and could lift a 10-year-old child.”