Lions have become known as the kings of the jungle – their strength and power are unmatched, and despite their reputation not to be ignored, their female companions are in charge of all the hunting, providing food for the males and cubs.
As part of the lioness’ training, they often stalk and surround their prey before they embark on an all-out kill and feast. The video was shot at Welgevonden Game Reserve, a private game reserve in South Africa. This private sanctuary is home to about 50 different species of mammals and over 300 birds.
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The video begins with a shot of the rhino running towards the camera. It stops to watch the tourists, and you can hear the click of several cameras as the group snaps pictures to capture these rare moments. Two lionesses can be seen stalking the rhino as it slows down before taking off again.
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As it races away, you see a dirt road where two other safari vehicles stop to film the scene. There is a lioness in front of the rhino, and for a moment, they are shoulder to shoulder. You can see the huge difference in size between the two animals.
The rhino ran to the first lioness, then turned to avoid the other two that were chasing after it. When the rhinos charged at one or more lionesses, they retreated, but continued to stalk once the rhinos turned around.
The rhino chased the first lioness, and the others followed. In this short clip, the camera clicks to a halt for curious onlookers.
The pride consists of five lionesses – you only appreciate how many there are at the end of the clip when the rhino runs into the distance from behind two other hunting vehicles.
The video, taken by Metsi Safari Eco-Lodge, explains in the description that the rhino was able to “escape the big cats unscathed”. They believe the lionesses are simply practicing the hunting skills of stalking and rounding up. Rhinos are too big to be their prey.
However, even rhinos have been known to flee when the proverbial hunter lioness stalks and surrounds them.
Next up: Watch more videos of lions behaving in the wild
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- Deadly standoff between mother giraffe and pride of lions isn’t over
- Watch Lions Jump Ridiculously High and Prove Thin Fences Can Be Worthless
- Watch as this male lion is brutally humiliated for his pride
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