Animal sighting 2 buffaloes 20 elephants no match 22 lions

This dramatic animal-sighting scene unfolds in two bison and 20 the elephants challenge 22 the Lions – and end up not being up to the big cats!

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This incident took place at MalaMala in Great Kruger.

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field guide Gareth van Rooyen was incredibly lucky to witness this sighting and shared the story with LatestSightings.com.

“We had just finished brunch after a successful morning walk when we heard the distress calls of a buffalo being chased across the Sand River from MalaMala main camp. I called my guests and asked them if they were interested in coming out to watch the scene – they were very excited.

“It took us no more than 5 minutes to reach the site where the 22 Kambula Pride members were hunting an adult buffalo bull. We were filled with adrenaline and engrossed in what was unfolding before us.

“It took the lions about 2 hours to take down this buffalo and although it is a natural phenomenon in the ecosystem, its helpless wailing and moaning made it difficult to observe. Eventually, when the buffalo ran out of steam, it took its last breath and the lions began to feed.

“Shortly after the buffalo disappeared, a herd of elephants approached the place and they were not happy with the sight that presented themselves. They reacted to the smell of death and lions and attempted to chase the lions off the carcass.The lions at first gave in, but one of the subadult males decided to charge at the elephants, catching them off guard.

“The elephants wandered around the area a bit longer, apparently deciding what to do next. They finally chose to descend to the river below. The lions fed on the bison for the next day and a half, providing much needed food for a great pride.

“Although this interaction happens daily in the Greater Kruger National Park, access to a sighting of this nature is relatively rare. Fortunately, working in the game-rich MalaMala Game Reserve, I had the pleasure of witness many such interactions.

“My advice to anyone going on safari is to pack a bean bag – set your camera up on the bean bag once on a sighting. This will keep it nice and stable. Let the camera roll and relax- you and enjoy watching.

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