Jul 16, 2012
These photos of lions attacking and finally completely subduing a hippopotamus were taken in 2006 by photographer Andrew Schoeman. The lions cornered the hippo in a small pool of water. The battle lasted several hours and involved numerous attacks from the lions as well as counter-charges from the hippo.
The attack’s rarity is illustrated by another study done in the Kruger region, which was conducted between 1933 and 1966…. That survey identified 46,181 kills by carnivores—only 6 of which were hippos killed by lions.
Finally, for perspective, Luke Hunter, president of the wild cat conservation group Panthera notes the obvious but important fact, “[It] seems terrible—but lions have to eat.”
(via Sly Oyster)
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