Lions are known as the “lord of the grasslands”, or “the lord of all species” because of their majesty and superior strength. Even in adverse situations, the lion is always in the position of the ruler, much to the horror of other animals.
A dramatic video of a clash between a male lion and a pack of ferocious hyenas proves this.
The incident was recorded in the Maasai Mara reserve, Kenya (South Africa), when no less than 20 hyenas banded together to surround the lion and emit menacing cries.
Despite the difference in size, the hyenas recklessly approached the lion, hoping to subdue the enemy with a “swarm” strategy. They constantly circle around to make the lion lose strength, then suddenly attack. Some have even bitten the lion’s tail and face.
However, the male lion is not easily subdued. It responds to every attack, and successfully knocks down a hyena in the presence of the surrounding wild beasts, sending them fleeing.
However, the hyenas did not give up. While the lions were absorbed in their prey, they once again seized the opportunity to rush into a mad bite. This time, the lion had many wounds, and showed great pain.
Even so, the proud beast stood firm and easily knocked down any enemy who dared to come too close. The lion’s strength and tenacity surprised the observers, because they did not think it could fight so many enemies at once.
The battle between the lone lion and the hyenas is gradually coming to an end. The daredevils gradually gave up, no longer daring to harass the “king”, and the lion calmly enjoyed his “trophy”.
In Western culture, lions are known as “king of the jungle” or “king of beasts”. They are also the most social of all wild cats, living in groups of individuals associated with their offspring.
Although both male and female lions can defend their herds against intruders, male lions are better suited for this purpose thanks to a body structure that appears to be made for fighting, when they have the opportunity. Stronger muscles, larger body size, heavier weight.
The mane of the male lion is also evolved to be suitable for skirmishes. These are like “shields”, helping to prevent bites and scratches that can be very dangerous to life.
Some individuals (usually male lions) tend to separate from the herd, moving around sporadically in search of their own territory. Despite being “isolated”, these lions are often extremely combative and aggressive, due to frequent conflicts with lions in the border areas they occupy.
They are willing to do anything to survive, and are also the most difficult lions to defeat in the savanna. The video above is proof that even when overwhelmed by ferocious predators, lions can still survive, and even take their enemies’ lives.