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Watch: Young Lion Protects Siblings from Wild Hyenas

Lion Protects Siblings from Hyenas

A recent video from the Masai Mara Nature Reserve, Kenya, captures a young male lion bravely protecting his siblings from a menacing, approaching hyena clan.

The Lion-Hyena Conflict

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Family picture of three lions. Taken in Masai Mara Nature Reserve, southwest Kenya. Benh LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lions and hyenas have a well-documented rivalry in the African savannah. Male lions are about twice the size of a spotted hyena and three to four times heavier; a single paw strike from a lion can be lethal to an adult hyena. Further, lions do often attack hyenas because they see them as competition for resources.

Masai Mara

Hyena in the Masai Mara. Richard Probst, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This remarkable footage was filmed in the Ngorongoro Crater, Masai Mara via Karen Blixen Camp. It’s not often we get to witness such a raw and natural interactions. These conservation areas are thus incredibly important for preserving these animals and allowing them to live as if humans had never taken over in the first place.

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Young male lion protects his siblings from a hyena clan, YouTube, Maasai Sightings

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Therome Garth

Friday 22nd of March 2024

Enjoyed it looking forward to seeing some more videos like this in the near future thank you

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