A pride of ferocious lionesses were recorded attacking the male of their pride with an intent to kill the male lion. The visitors who got to witness the attack were left stunned. The footage was recorded by the visitors at the West Midlands Safari Park in Worcester.
The video shows the pride of lionesses pounding mercilessly on the male lion, tearing their teeth into the lion’s flesh and dragging the agonised lion in the water. The once powerful head of the pride is seen roaring in pain and horror.
A 19-year old amateur photographer, Mya Beverstock shot the whole phenomenon on her camera. She was visiting the park with her parents. The visitors saw the pride surrounding the lion around 11.45am, after which the lionesses suddenly started to go after the lion.
The Park officials decided to step in stop the attack after seeing the suffering lion in blood. The officials used fire extinguishers to fend off the attackers.
Mya narrated, “I decided to go to the safari park with my mum and dad to take some pictures of the lions. We had been sat there for a few minutes when we noticed these two male lions sitting on top a rock growling at something down below. We drove around a little bit and I noticed these female lionesses surrounding a male. All of a sudden they just pounced. They were biting at his back legs and his neck and pinning him to the ground, it looked really vicious and you can see in his eyes he thought he was going to die.”
She continued, “Within a flash, safari jeeps were there surrounding the lionesses. There were three vehicles, one was honking its horn while another sprayed an extinguisher. There could be any number of reasons why they were attacking him. It could be that they thought he was too old to be their leader or it could have been over food. He could have tried it on with one of the females, who knows, but they looked angry and pounced as if they are going in for the kill. It was incredible to watch the king of the jungle looking so vulnerable. In the photos you can see him almost pleading for help.”
“He had bite marks and cuts on his back legs, he was pretty messed up. It’s something you’d be lucky to see in Kenya, yet alone a British safari park. You could see car windows going up and almost hear doors locking as it happened, it was just really intense to watch and listen to the roars. We went back around later in the day and the females were nowhere to be seen. So they must have ushered them all indoors to protect the three males. It was quite an experience which really took your breath away. I never expected to see anything like that. You could see the terror in his eyes,” added Mya.
The lion, with his two brothers, were introduced to the lionesses only last year.
Reportedly, the attack after some dispute over meat. The lion is currently undergoing treatment and staying with his two brothers. He will re-join his pride after recovering.
According to the forest officials, these incidents are quite common in the wild.
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