Wednesday, January 19, 2011

You don't scare me: Moment brave young wildebeest stood up to a lioness who wanted him for dinner


Watch out: The lioness waits patiently as the young wildebeest struggles through the mud

A series of amazing pictures shows how a young wildebeest overcomes the odds to successfully beat off a hungry lioness before submitting to the king of the jungle.

The migration of wildebeest through swirling Kenyan rivers always loses many victims to drowning, but this fawn manages to battle its way across and haul itself through the mud towards safety.

Face off: The wildebeest startles the lioness with an aggressive head-butt

Unfortunately, the youngster's brave bid for survival has attracted the attention of the lioness who waits patiently on the riverbank for the exhausted fawn to emerge.

But even though the poor wildebeest is on its last legs, he somehow manages to fend off his aggressor with a series of head butts that startle the attacker into retreat.
But his success is short lived. A huge male lion at least five times the

wildebeest's weight has been waiting in the wings and decides to show the shame-faced female how it should be done... with the inevitable outcome.

Backward step: The lioness has second thoughts as the wildebeest prepares to attack again

End game: Despite the wildebeest's brave efforts, he is no match for the lion

All over: The king of the jungle sinks his teeth into his prey

source: dailymail

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