Wildebeest is one of the African savanna’s most abundant and iconic herbivores. They form massive herds and migrate long distances, providing food and resources for predators such as lions. However, sometimes wildebeest can become the ᴀɢɢʀᴇssᴏʀ in the face of ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ, ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋɪɴɢ lions in self-defense.
A video recorded in Amakhosi National Reserve, Zululand (South Africa), shows the scene of a wildebeest being controlled by a lion and seeming to lie down to ᴅɪᴇ.
When everyone thought about a ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄ end for the ill-fated prey, suddenly, it rose strongly, making the lion extremely hard to hold.
With a strong will, the wildebeest showed that it was not an “easy to eat” prey when it tried to ғɪɢʜᴛ fiercely, tossing the lion even though the enemy was planting it with its teeth in its neck.
Its efforts eventually sent the lion flying after a while of ꜰɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ. Knowing that she could not run away, the wildebeest rushed forward.
With the direction of the antelope’s horns “fifty-five” towards him, the lion had no choice but to “curl his tail” and run away. At this point, the antelope quietly retreated.
Although they are gentle and shy herbivores, wildebeest are very strong and can make lions hate when they intend to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ.
Their biology resembles an exciting hybrid of an antelope and buffalo, with nimble, agile hindquarters and a heavier front part with a massive mane and horns.
In particular, the horns are a rare ᴡᴇᴀᴘᴏɴ that the wildebeest is bestowed by “mother nature.” Their horns are shaped like “curly braces,” extending outward, then curved upwards. In males, their horns can be up to 83 cm long.
Thanks to these horns, wildebeest can choose to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ to defend themselves instead of running away like other herbivores.
In the wild, wildebeest have evolved to be extremely fast and agile, with the ability to run at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. They are also social animals that form herds of up to several hundred individuals, which enables them to effectively defend themselves against predators. But sometimes, even with their strength in numbers, they can still find themselves under attack.
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