This wild encounter from Kruger National Park between a pack of hunting lions and a crocodile seems like something straight out of a Biblical story. It’s not every day you see a massive African crocodile walking on land across Kruger National Park. And it’s not every day you see a herd of lion hunting together including the alpha Male and lionesses.
Put that all together, and this is a video unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s about as ‘nature is metal’ as any video ever filmed.
At the risk of giving too much away, I’ll say that if you’re worried about watching this video because you don’t want to see any animals die then you’re safe. It’s a barbaric encounter between two of the Kruger National Park’s top predators, lions and crocodiles, but it ends up being a pretty evenly matched battle. Let’s check it out.
Pack Of Lions Attack Crocodile In A Brutal Fight In Kruger National Park
According to the Kruger National Park YouTube channel, this video was filmed by a 15-year-old on vacation with his family. This is his first-person description of the brutal battle that ensued after those lions attacked the crocodile who was walking exposed on land:
“We watched a male lion walk down the dirt road along a dam. The male lion met up with a few youngsters and they all continued walking along the road. They came to where the crocodile was basking in the sun. Suddenly the male lion attacked the crocodile.”
“I was shocked that a lion would even think of taking on a crocodile. I wasn’t really worried for the crocodile – that was until the lion grabbed its back leg and pulled it away from the water. The rest of the pride joined in and continued provoking and attacking the crocodile.”
“Eventually, the crocodile managed to escape and I was relieved that we wouldn’t see the lion kill the crocodile. The crocodile swam away and the lions moved off and lay down as if nothing had happened. I have never seen anything like this before. Even our game ranger said she had never seen or heard of anything like this happening.”
“We saw the crocodile the next day swimming in the dam, and friends who visited two weeks later also confirmed that the crocodile was still doing alright.”
Crocodiles aren’t exactly slow creatures on land. Depending on the species of crocodile, they can run anywhere from 15 to 22 MPH on land. I’m a bit surprised that croc didn’t just book it for the watering hole after the lions made it clear they were looking to take him home for dinner.
It’s unclear what sort of lasting damage those lions did to the crocodile. But they definitely got some good bites in on its leg.