Kalahari Hunting, Namibia

Video: Young Zebra vs Lioness

What is your bet? Which one has won the fight: the young zebra or the lioness?

This video shows how every member of the animal kingdom sometimes has to fight for survival.

They do not have a lot more resources to use except their willpower, their instincts and their resoluteness.

See for yourself:


Lions are not particularly efficient hunters, successfully capturing prey consisting of medium sized ungulates including zebras (the video shows the exception), wilderbeasts and antelope in only 20 to 30% of their attempts. They are referred to as "opportunistic" hunters, eating whatever they can catch for themselves or steal from other predators. They are not well adapted for leaping or reaching particularly high speeds, nor are they capable of running for long distances.

In general, if the lion is not successful within a few hundred meters, they give up the chase and the prey escapes. Two important causes of hunting failure relate to a fault in the actual stalking of the prey and in the execution of the characteristic lion charge.

Lions do not hunt by scent, although their sense of smell is excellent, they often approach prey from an upwind location thereby alerting the prey and ending the hunt. Secondly, the lion's charge is generally launched directly at its quary and it rarely alters the path of the attack, as do other felids.

Approaching the prey at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, the lioness uses its body weight, large paws and claws to bowl all but the largest prey over, and secure it to the ground.

Killing is normally accomplished in one of three ways:
  • a nape of the neck bite for small prey that severs the spinal chord;
  • a throat bite for larger prey that kills by strangulation;
  • a muzzle bite that also suffocates the quary.
Although lions hunt during all times of the day, nocturnal hunts are generally more successful. Therefore, lions in many area of their range, prefer to hunt under the cover of darkness where the light gathering adaptations of the felid eyes casts a distinct advantage to the predators.

As darkness approaches, the lionesses silently move out in lines to locate prey, circling around and behind a herd they pick out a startled victim and dispatch it with a bite to the neck or throat.



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