Watch: Three lions filmed atta

Photo: Kruger Sightings/YouTube

Watch: Three lions filmed attacking one of their own [graphic video]

This display of ‘survival of the fittest’ carried on for almost three hours as three lions attacked one of their own.

Watch: Three lions filmed atta

Photo: Kruger Sightings/YouTube

It’s said that there is nothing like the intensity of lion dynamics in the African bush. A recent video shared by Latest Sightings shows just what exactly goes on when young nomadic male lions enter into unknown territory.

A dual

Yes, Latest Sightings recently shared a video of lions attacking another lion while elephants and hippos tried to interrupt.

According to the real-life wildlife app, the owner of South Post Lodge, Steyn Jacobsohn witnessed the incredible fight for survival on 18 July in the Mjejane Game Reserve which lies on the banks of the crocodile river on the southern end of the famous Kruger National Park. This display of ‘survival of the fittest’ reportedly carried on for almost three hours as three lions were attacking one male lion in a ‘dual of trespasser elimination’.

“I was sure that this was the best sighting we would have for the day so we continued on our way to get a coffee at the coffee shop. The next moment all hell broke loose! While having coffee, we saw three big male lions chasing a young male and we could tell that the situation was getting even more intense as they chased through a herd of elephants. Startled by the chaos, the elephants responded by chasing the lions as they broke through an opening and each could split into their own different directions.”

Steyn says that for about five minutes things were quiet before a big fight broke out between the male lions opposite them.

Lions vs lion

“The fight lasted almost three hours as the three adult males kept returning to the injured and tired young male, biting and clawing at him. The elephants and hippos attempted to chase the three male lions away each time they returned, almost as if they were protecting the young male from a fatal end. Unfortunately, fate was not in the young males’ favour as the adult males returned one last time, finished the job, and then left for good.”

The young male lion was left badly injured, with a broken back and later succumbed to its injuries.

“He then became a meal for vultures who later joined the scene. We were all excited and sad at the same time, being able to witness the strength of a lion and seeing just how fearless they are. This was a first for me, you don’t always realize to the full extent, how wild it gets out in the bushveld until something like this happens.”