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Wild Kingdom face off - lions vs. buffalo vs. crocs
May 22, 2007 9:57 AM   Subscribe

Animal Face Off! A herd of buffalo battle a pride of lions and two crocodiles. Like "The Warriors" at a watering hole.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese (45 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Damn... how did that calf survive?? Ganged up on by lions AND a croc!
posted by BobFrapples at 10:11 AM on May 22, 2007


What, no sharks?
posted by Koko at 10:12 AM on May 22, 2007


That calf is the Lazarus of Buffalo.
posted by jmhodges at 10:20 AM on May 22, 2007


Fantastic.
posted by mnology at 10:20 AM on May 22, 2007


The buzzards always win.
posted by peeedro at 10:23 AM on May 22, 2007


Did anyone notice the alligator in the water? That was intense.
posted by dead_ at 10:34 AM on May 22, 2007


Elated by the happy ending, the humans went back to the hotel's dining room and ordered the veal scaloppine.
posted by disgruntled at 10:34 AM on May 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


In the end, only The Nuge wins.
posted by NationalKato at 10:37 AM on May 22, 2007


That was un-fucking-believable. Whoa.
posted by gwint at 10:41 AM on May 22, 2007


Wow. the way the buffalo came up with that plan was pretty amazing. I was really hoping for the croc to play a bigger role at the end...
posted by Brainy at 10:51 AM on May 22, 2007


Incredible. The buffalo amassing into a charging wall was awesome.
posted by gcbv at 11:06 AM on May 22, 2007


The server seems kind of stressed... if it goes down entirely, here's the direct link to youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/v/LU8DDYz68kM
posted by fusinski at 11:10 AM on May 22, 2007


THIS is why I have 13 discovery channels at home. To me, animals are way more interesting than people. It's really a jungle out there. We've got it pretty easy.
posted by winks007 at 11:32 AM on May 22, 2007


Those looking for spoiler: Buffalo walk up nodding their head as if to say "bring it on!'
lions take calf, buff take it back by the equivalent of cold-cocking one of the ones standing guard. He flies about 15 feet. I missed the croc-hard to see.
posted by uni verse at 11:47 AM on May 22, 2007


Huh. I kept waiting for the guy in the Nike shoes to come running by.
posted by iamck at 11:47 AM on May 22, 2007


I'm glad to see Buffalo win something.
posted by kosem at 11:51 AM on May 22, 2007 [7 favorites]


It was amazing to see how, after the herd made a decision to go back and get the calf, several of the members at the front of the herd's 'wall', freaked out and turned tail as soon as they were close to the lions--but several showed independence and challenged the lions directly. Wow. Great link, thanks.
posted by LooseFilter at 11:56 AM on May 22, 2007


Poor lions. Carnivores gotta eat, too.

But those crocs can go straight to hell. Freeloaders!
posted by maryh at 12:04 PM on May 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


The buffalo should have surrounded the lions and made them swim!
posted by j-urb at 12:46 PM on May 22, 2007


AMAZING!
posted by vito90 at 12:53 PM on May 22, 2007


Very cool find.
posted by vronsky at 1:06 PM on May 22, 2007


Lion Leader: You buffalo are good. Real good.
Buffalo: The best.

Great video, but I was hoping they'd chase the lions into the water too.
posted by CG at 1:14 PM on May 22, 2007


The counterattack by the buffalo demonstrates intelligence enough to make me reconsider eating burgers. Best single link youtube post ever.
posted by bunnytricks at 1:56 PM on May 22, 2007 [2 favorites]


I was hoping the buffalo would chase one of the lions into the water, where it would be attacked by a crocodile.

Man, ancient Romans would piss if they had YouTube.
posted by hifiparasol at 2:23 PM on May 22, 2007


Bad day: you're the rope in a tug-of-war between a crocodile and a pride of lions.
Good day: you walk away.
posted by kirkaracha at 2:41 PM on May 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Jesus H. Christ, that's insane. It seems like it must be pretty rare for prey animals to display that kind of initiative/intelligence. Am I wrong about that?

Great post!
posted by brundlefly at 3:17 PM on May 22, 2007


The server went down for me, and I had to watch it on this google video link.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:28 PM on May 22, 2007


Just awesome!
posted by donovan at 3:57 PM on May 22, 2007


Really, really awesome!
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:59 PM on May 22, 2007


Self Defense Rules of Nature:
When in doubt—attack. And. NEVER negotiate a hostage crisis.

What a microcosm. That video went from simple predation to a surprise opportunistic tug of war between like combatants. The crocodile had a superior advantage in surprise and range/position (IE: water) so much so that it could take a pride of lions completely by surprise mid hunt. IF it could drive them to it's environment it would be eating buffalo and the lions would still get curb stomped by the herd.

Then it suddenly spun to a hostage crisis a where the buffaloes did not negotiate or hesitate as expected - swarmed and attacked the lions splintering the unit cohesion of the predators.

And then it ended with an ego stand off when a member of losing side couldn't except defeat.

Also note the one lion, second to last, was wounded by the Croc. Why it stayed put for so long. Got to give to it's buddy for hanging tight so long with her. Never leave a sister behind.
posted by tkchrist at 4:04 PM on May 22, 2007


Here's your shark and croc angle.
posted by strawberryviagra at 7:00 PM on May 22, 2007


I guess the moral is to stick together and don't give up.
posted by eye of newt at 10:11 PM on May 22, 2007


Amazing video. Yes, I realize that the lions need to eat, and that the "circle of life" must continue -- but it sure did feel good to see the buffalo come back to rescue one of their own. Score one for the buffs!
posted by davidmsc at 10:13 PM on May 22, 2007


**** Interesting change of pace: A nature film where the little herbivore actually survives, saving parents everywhere the task of comforting their crying children with the bitter words of "that's how nature is, honey." Three cheers for the screenwriters!

The camera work could have been better, though. :grumble:
posted by moonbiter at 12:53 AM on May 23, 2007


That was totally riveting.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:56 AM on May 23, 2007


Yes, hooray for the buffalo. But remember this: there were about ten times as many buffalo as lions, and they each have a significant size advantage. You can get a sense for just how much a buffalo can p0wn a lion in the video when the bull catches one lion under his horns and sends him spinning five feet in the air. Multiply that times a hundred. The really amazing thing is that they weren't more aggressive sooner.

Self Defense Rules of Nature

More like, how to deal with bullies. Step one: just take it. Step two: run away. Step three: amass numbers. Step four: counterattack.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:43 AM on May 23, 2007


The really amazing thing is that they weren't more aggressive sooner.

Civil_Disobediant: That thought crossed my mind as well, but I chalked it up to how much time it perhaps took to get your crucial Step 3 together. Amassing the numbers. Might've been a lot of apathetic buffalo at first, who really had to get a good pep talk before they'd commit to going up against the big cats.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:25 AM on May 23, 2007


That would be a wounded pride of lions, no?
posted by unSane at 5:16 AM on May 23, 2007


That's what I herd from the buffalo.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:25 AM on May 23, 2007


O Hello, first instance of this video being posted to Metafilter.
posted by thirteenkiller at 5:41 AM on May 23, 2007


Woke up this morning, had those pride o' lions blues
Woke up this morning, had those pride o' lions blues
Then up out the water come a crocodile,
An' honey he was bitin' me too!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:52 AM on May 23, 2007


Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo crocadile buffalo buffalo lions.

Chicken Chicken.
posted by empath at 8:33 AM on May 23, 2007


Later several lions and the baby buffalo died from infected wounds, the buzzards ate well.

The circle of life!
posted by Mick at 10:51 AM on May 23, 2007


Epic.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 12:41 PM on May 23, 2007


Tits.
posted by strawberryviagra at 5:22 AM on May 24, 2007


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