A dramatic scene of a lone lioness trying to take down a juvenile elephant was captured on cameras by Samuel Chevallier’s group at Somalisa camp, in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, a few days ago. He and his group tracked down the lioness with her cubs in the early hours of the morning. After a while, they witnessed the attack.
The lioness had chosen the young elephant as their skin is thick and can be easily punctured by sharp claws and fangs. The lioness was hanging on the elephant clawing into its skin while the animal was attempting to fight against the strong grip and pull off the big cat.
The injured elephant managed to shake loose from her grip and ran off into the bush. Then the animal charged to ensure that the lioness fled the scene.
The lioness’s cubs were resting in the tall grass watching their mother trying to secure a meal. After the unsuccessful attack, the mother came to collect them and headed away into the morning, unscathed from the encounter.
“It’s never easy hearing the sound of a screeching animal fighting to survive. It was a case of mixed emotions and we were slightly relieved to see the young elephant escaping the grips of the lioness, although, witnessing the hunger of the cubs as they waited for their mother to bring home the meal [was] a contradiction of emotion that I had not quite felt before,” Chevallier explained.