Skip to Content

Watch: Elephant Tries Saving Stuck Rhino from Lions

Group of elephants attempting to rescue a stuck rhino from lions in the African savanna. Own Illustration.

Join us in looking a bit deeper into the remarkable events between lions, a rhino, and elephants that unfolded at Etosha National Park, as witnessed by Kim Hathway.

Elephants Try Saving Stuck Rhonp from Hungry Lions. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Latest Sightings

Unexpected Encounter

Obstinate Lion Cub
Image of a lion pride by a water hole via Pexels

Kim Hathway and her friends were surprised when a lioness appeared over the hill. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary series of events! Not long after the arrival of the first lioness, the whole pride of lions gathered at the waterhole, creating a tense atmosphere. Kim sensed that the lions were preparing for something significant.

The Entrapped Rhino

Black rhino
Black rhino Credit: Yathin S Krishnappa – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

A dramatic twist occurred when a large black rhino joined the scene. Desperate for water and relief from the heat – it got stuck in the mud. Making it an easy target for nearby lions. The situation escalated as the lions, realizing the rhino’s predicament, cautiously approached it. However, their plans were interrupted by an unforeseen intervention.

The Elephant Brigade

Elephant in lake. National park of Kenya, Africa.
Elephant in lake. National park of Kenya, Africa. By Byrdyak – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

A herd of elephants, alerted by the commotion, rushed to the scene much to the rhino’s relief! Their bold charge forced the lions to retreat, allowing the poor rhino some temporary respite. One elephant, in particular, repeatedly attempted to rescue the rhino, showing the empathy and determination elephants are known for. However, despite the elephants’ courageous efforts, the situation turned bleak. The lions, seizing their opportunity, resumed their attack once the elephants accepted that they were being outplayed.

A Struggle’s End

lion against sunset
Lion against a sunset. Image by Ivan Diaz on Unsplash

The relentless lions eventually succeeded in their hunt, putting an end to this wildlife saga. This is just one of the examples of the raw unpredictability of nature! And truly rare to be witnessed by humans. Imagine, seeing lions versus elephants fighting over the life of a rhino!

To view the full video and learn more about this extraordinary wildlife interaction, visit Latest Sightings at Latest Sightings Film & Earn.

Up next:

Watch This: Heart-Warming Encounter As Elephants Reunite With Old Caretaker

Watch As Elephants Mourn the Tragic Loss Of Matriarch Mother

Watch: Elephant Makes a Friend at Sanctuary in Tennessee

Join our Forum for free today!

Animal Forum
Click Here
Top 10 States With The Most Cougar Top 10 States With The Most Moose Top 10 States With The Most Coyote Top 10 States With The Most Elk Jaguar Is The New Dog’s Best Friend