This is cool you should watch it: Young elephant fights off fourteen hungry lions

From YouTube:

A young elephant somehow was separated from his herd when a 14 member pride of female lions descended on the helpless animal at Norman Carr Safaris Chinzombo Camp in Zambia. Clearly outnumbered, the elephant managed to bravely fend off the attack despite having three lioness on his back at one point!

This event was captured on video by guests on a game drive from Chinzombo; Journalist Jesse Nash, Artist and Professor at CW Post College in New York, Dan Christoffel, UK Naturalist, Steve Baker, and Australian TV personality, Nina Krakowski. At sunset, suddenly they stumbled upon this extraordinary sight and battle for survival. But this little guy beat the odds, fought back and got away unscathed.

“In the many years I have been a safari guide in Zambia at the South Luangwa, never have I seen anything like this,” said Innocent, one of the top safari guides that works with Norman Carr Safaris, and who was the one who drove us to this remarkable site. “We were all so worried the elephant would be killed right before us. What a fighter. It fought off all 14 lions. Incredible.”

Although it was nice to see this little guy get away, I couldn’t help but wonder how long the lions and their cubs went hungry after this.


About Jeremy Sell

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4 Responses to This is cool you should watch it: Young elephant fights off fourteen hungry lions

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    It’s very rare that a young elephant gets separated, because the matriarchs are cooperative and protective of their young. So many times I have seen a baby elephant get spooked or threatened, and then go running back to mommy.


  2. Jeremy Sell says:

    I read somewhere this individual was four or five years old, perhaps at an age when it’s a little too curious for its own good. I suspect it may have inadvertently wandered away in pursuit of something it found interesting.


  3. Boeta says:

    Looks like a lot of cubs too, maybe 4 adults or so. Not a great training lesson, and yes I agree with yet, very interesting no other adults around, if an elephant, especially young one, is in distress it is amazing how quickly the whole group reacts to help. Very nice.


  4. Boeta says:

    Sorry Jet…haha. Thats tech for you.


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