Water buffalo. We didn't have buffalo like these in North Dakota.
Holy shit. Those Water Buffalo whooped some Lion ass.
Wow. That cat went a flying!
great... one more cow for the world.
Oh, so that's why cows have horns. Not so placid when they're pissed, are they?
Technically you don't have any kind of buffalo in South Dakota; you have bison. And those aren't alligators, they're crocs. This is amazing footage.
Best war movie ever.
They're not a water buffalo either. They're African buffalo -- far more dangerous than the Asian water buffaloes.
the umbogo (cape buffalo) is the grumpiest mother in the bush. when one of those multi-tons fellows charge the only thing you have time to do is mess your drawers.
And I'm pretty sure those are Cape Buffalo, popularly considered the most dangerous game animal in the world. Hunters have invented special large-bore high velocity rounds (popular among snipers) specifically for hunting the Cape Buffalo. There are stories of wounded Capes actually flanking and stalking the men who shot them-- sometimes for miles.
And I can't believe the calf was still able to get up and walk. I wonder if it survived.
Good entry on wikipedia on the African (or Cape) buffalo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_buffalo
Yeah, how the hell did that calf survive? I thought the first think lions did was go for the neck. Talk about a traumatic childhood event - that guy will need some therapy.
P.S. Who would have thought Slog had so many wildlife experts? Correlation between endless hours on blogs and watching late-night nature shows?
The crocs freaked me out the most. And didn't they take a piece out of the calf? Jesus.
Yes, brilliant, really brilliant footage. Congratulations! Curious to see, or rather hear, the human reactions. But if those ooos and aaas and cheers for the buffalos were to come from the lionesses' sides (who lost food for their "cute little" cubs.... in another context) where would the ooos and aaas be? Safari wildlife spectators are always "down there on a visit"; are they so very different from the spectators in a Roman arena? There they are, on an expensive safari and safely in a vehicle, watching animals or gladiators -- or even Hollywood Pious Christians being torn and devoured by other hungry wild animals...?
Brilliant footage, though. Congratulations.
Amazing video. Too bad about the people yapping the entire time.
P.S. Who would have thought Slog had so many wildlife experts?
Actually, I only know about the Capes because I'm a gun nut. There are some truly insane high-velocity rounds for hunting them and, if you find that kind of thing interesting, you read a lot about them in sidebars.
JESUS CHRIST, IT'S A LION! GET IN THE CAR!!!1
I guess the difference in this context, W, is that these animals were engaged in a life-and-death struggle that frankly, had nothing to do with the human observers. They weren't "performing" for the amusement or entertainment of the audience, they were simply doing what they do every day in the wild, and would have done so, regardless of whether people were watching or not.
On the other hand, this was precisely the sort of "nature-in-action" spectacle these humans presumably paid to witness, so your point still has some validity.
I always root for the predators (The Lion King was a big part of my formative years). They gots to eat too. Poor lions. They think they scored some food, only to have it run away from them after its mom and her friends came back to beat the lions around.
Can I just add to Andy's point and say that the woman on the tape who's saying, "Go buffalo!" should be thrown to those fucking lions? Jesus Christ. What, a lion doesn't deserve a meal?
As to the calf surviving, they quite often survive if Mom and her buds come back before the lions have time to start eating. Lions kill their prey by suffocation, not going for the throat. They do not open the throat; they crush the prey's windpipe or cover its mouth and nose until it suffocates. That takes quite awhile sometimes.
Lion prides are successful in less than 25% of their attacks. And it takes either a very large and strong pride, or a desperate one, to tackle Cape Buffalo. Many, many lions are killed by Cape Buffalo, the second-most-dangerous megafauna in Africa (the most dangerous being the hippopotamus).
Further proof that the Lions need to stop drafting receivers and concentrate on D. Can't even hang on for the win against BUFFALO. Weak.
Don't be silly. Just like gays don't occur in nature, neither do uprisings. The food chain is God's way of teaching us our place.
Seems a bit wrong that there was a hummer full of tourists to watch this.
All that clip needed was Steve-O vomiting on the calf and you've got an epsiode of Wildboyz.
all the tourists probably going for steak tonight too. as a carnivore i rooted for the lions.
#24 for the win
So...are these fearsome buffalo running rampant, free from predators?
Yes. They have no predators, except humans, with their aforementioned high-velocity bullets, and their habitat-clearing ways.
I liked the internet before. But now, I love it. LOVE it.
Long live Web 2.0.
And the baby buffalo.
Oh come on, you guys should stop being so pissy about people watching. We exist, they exist. There's not really anything left like genuine wilderness...these parks need some funds to survive. I'd rather have some tourists thrown in, and have a better system for keeping out poachers.
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