Watch: Crocodile finds himself surrounded by pride of lions [video]
Watch as a crocodile finds himself completely surrounded by a pride of lions in the Sabi Sands area in the greater Kruger National Park.
In a recent video shared by Latest Sightings, a crocodile seemingly has no other option but to use his jaw strength and speed to get away from a pride of lions!
According to the real-time wildlife reporting app, the video was taken one early morning, by Vernon Cresswell (61) in Buffelshoek in the Sabi Sands area in the greater Kruger National Park.
He managed to capture a pride of lionesses and cubs trying to corner a crocodile that was about to steal their waterbuck meal. Vernon told Latest Sightings of the drive that led up to this sighting:
“We managed to track a pride of lions in that area that is called the ‘Talamati Pride’. This had taken down a male waterbuck just a few hours before. All of them had fed on the buck and left the carcass about 100m from the dam.”
It is speculated that a crocodile sensed that there was a carcass nearby, so he left the water to investigate and maybe get an easy meal.
“When the crocodile got onto land, it was only a few meters from the waters’ edge. Some of the younger lions (nine cubs) showed some interest and moved closer to see what this creature was up to. After a little while, some of the adult females (five in total) noticed what was happening and came to the scene.
“At first, it seemed they toyed with the crocodile to test his reflex and speed. Soon after this toying, the crocodile let off a massive snap as it clenched its jaw. The crocodile snapped his jaws at the lions in an attempt to defend itself. This caused the lions to launch a full-on mob at the crocodile.”
The lions were all taken by surprise, but their reflexes were faster than the speed of the crocodile, and they soon got the upper hand.
“The crocodile sensed it has no chance and scurried back towards the water, finally disappearing into the dam. With the hippos snorting madly in the distance, we were amazed by the sighting, and we were excited to see how it would play out. We’ve been going to the bush regularly for 30 years, and not once have we seen something like this. Always anticipate what can happen, and put yourself in the right place and just be patient. Nature usually pays off!”