December 31, 2007

Nature, red in tooth and claw

Speaking of wild animals attacking, here's the amazing 8 minute "Battle at Kruger" safari video on Youtube, depicting a wild fracas at a watering hole over a baby Cape Buffalo, complete with a happy ending. The combatants are a pride of lions, a couple of surprise guest stars, and the return of the herd. Whichever Cape Buffalo somehow convinced, nonverbally, his buffaloed herdmates to turn and fight for their calf displayed more leadership skills than all the Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates combined.

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7 comments:

dearieme said...

I suppose the lucky Romans got to see battles like that regularly.

Mary Pat said...

Well, it's not a happy ending for the predators. Poor lions.

Not Ben Capoeman said...

Whichever Cape Buffalo somehow convinced, nonverbally, his buffaloed herdmates to turn and fight for their calf displayed more leadership skills than all the Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates combined.

He probably has as much in the way of campaign contributions as any human caught on video making a decision impacting his polis.

tommy said...

Great video! I first thought hyenas might be the unexpected guests since I've seen quite a few nasty confrontations between hyenas and lions on YouTube.

I'm amazed the calf was able to hang in there. I guess the lions were just too distracted by the crocodile and the newly emboldened water buffaloes to finish it off.

L said...

I would actually submit Romney's tracking down of his business partner's daughter as a good example of similar leadership. Doesn't necessarily mean I want him for President, though.

Roger Thatchery said...

Cape Buffalo are able to strategize. They can plan and execute an ambush on humans. I believe they are recognized as the most dangerous animal in Africa.

Lions are vicious, cowardly gangsters. It follows that humans would crown the lion as King of the Jungle. Because humans understand their own kings to be vicious, cowardly gangsters.

Too bad the buffalo herd didn't back up the lions into the water where the crocodiles were waiting. That would have been instant kharma. Still it was a good day for the herd.

Maybe this era is an evolutionary turning point for the Cape Buffalo species. And in the future they will be bullying the lions all over the African plains. There was a story in the news a while back about a giant prehistoric something or other which fought a multi-million years long battle with a competitor and finally emerged the victor.

Anonymous said...

Bunny Allen, one of the last of the Great White Hunters, said of Cape Buffalo:

"They're quite the most dangerous animal in Africa -- I'm sure they take more human life than any other."

Bunny on hunting Cape Buffalo:

"Once we were stalking buffalo," he says, stroking his silver beard, "when we rounded a clump of bush and five buffalo rushed out and came straight for us. Bunny stepped in front and shot the first two bulls. With the third bull on him, he fired again: Click. No shots left. Bunny dropped his rifle, grasped the animal's horns and vaulted onto his back."

"Luckily, his horns didn't touch me." Bunny says, looking back on those years. "I must have ridden 40 or 50 yards up there."

"Then I got him in range and fired," continues David, "praying my bullet wouldn't hit Bunny. When it slammed into the buffalo's brain, he did a somersault and Bunny disappeared under him. 'My God,' I thought, 'I've killed my father.'"

"Not a bit of it," says Bunny, laughing. "I went under the beast's belly. Soft and warm it was in there ... lovely spot to snuggle down." "