Herd of buffalo rescue their baby from 5 lions, 2 crocs (video)

The video, circa 2007, from Kruger National Park in South Africa is of a herd of buffalo accidentally walking into a group of 5 or so lions.  The lions attack and are able to tackle a baby buffalo, the rest of the herd has run off.  Just when you thought things couldn’t get more gruesome, two crocodiles grab on to the poor baby buffalo and start trying to pull it into the water, while the lions are trying to pull it on to land.

But fear not, the adult buffalo have regrouped and basically charge the lions, showing amazing courage.  Around 5 minutes and 10 seconds into the video, you actually see a buffalo attack one of the lions.  It’s amazing.  The buffalo is actually able to scare one of the lions off.

Then at 5:49 another buffalo runs in and throws one of the lions into the air, using its horns.  So after the initial gruesomeness of the poor baby getting caught, it’s actually quite a fascinating video.

I’ve been to a lot of parks in Africa, and have seen some amazing chases, both in person and online.  And this battle is right up there among the best.

Whether the person who filmed it actually made money (a million dollars, according to whoever posted it on YouTube) or not is another question.  But the series of events is really something to see.

The real problem ahead for a number of the animals is whether they will survive following this epic battle. Injuries often lead to serious health issues later.

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