Lions attack giraffe, one big cat clings onto its back. What happens next is incredible

The video has now prompted all sorts of reactions.
The image shows a pride of lions attacking a giraffe.(Screengrab)
The image shows a pride of lions attacking a giraffe.(Screengrab)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 02:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta

Touted as the ‘king of the jungle’, there aren’t many who can withstand an attack from a lion. The chances of survival of the prey become even slimmer if it’s a pride of lions on the prowl. In an unusual incident, however, a giraffe managed to survive an attack by a pride of lions - despite one of the big cats clinging onto its back. A video of the incident has now resurfaced on the Internet and it’s simply incredible.

Originally shared by Kruger Sightings on YouTube in 2019, the video grabbed people’s attention after being recently shared on Twitter by IRS officer Naveed Trumboo.

“A Lesson on Persistence. There will be many who will try to pull you down. But when the going gets tough, the tough gets going,” Trumboo tweeted. “Here a giraffe managed to keep standing for 5 long hours after being attacked. Eventually the pride of lions had to give up,” he added.

The almost one-and-a-half-minute-long video captures how the pride attacks the giraffe. In the video, the animal keeps moving, ignoring the lions trying to bring it down. Eventually, the animal’s persistence pays off and after the long standoff, it manages to get away from the big cats.

Shared a day ago, the video gathered over 17,000 views – and the numbers are only increasing. While some people were surprised, the video left others with lots of questions.

A Twitter user wondered why the lions weren’t able to bring the giraffe down despite their strong jaws. “Not getting it. Lion have insanely strong jaws, 2-3 bites on the giraffe’s body will knock it down senseless from the gaping wounds. Why is the lion just lying on the giraffe’s back without biting or clawing?” he tweeted. To this, here’s what another Twitter user replied:

“Brave efforts and lesson to learn as well,” expressed another. “Patience, hard work, perseverance can make all your dreams come true. Be like the giraffe,” commented a fourth.

The caption of the YouTube video by Kruger Sightings reveals that the incident took place at Klaserie Game Reserve in South Africa. It also says that the lions stalked the giraffe for over 20 minutes before attacking it. However, the animal kept on fighting while standing tall and eventually the lions gave up.

What do you think of this incredible video?

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