Lions, widely accepted to sit proudly at the top of their food chain, are excellent hunters with an incredible capacity for patience, waiting for and stalking prey for several hours. Lions generally prefer grazing mammals for prey but do sometimes stray outside of that norm. Lions are opportunists, after all.
In this case, two lionesses chased and sequestered a group of 30-40 baboons up into a tree to wait and attack any brave souls if they tried to make a run for safer grounds. The footage caught here by Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth is an incredible collection of photographs dictating the unbelievable events that happened in the Selinda Camp of Northern Botswana.
Lisa tells National Geographic, “Between the baboons shrieking and the lionesses communicating with deep guttural roars, it was a mad scene.”
After the first audacious baboon braved the descent with a baby hanging onto her, a lioness quickly reacted and caught the mom by the arm. Once the baby baboon escaped the dangerous scene, he ran towards the nearby tree but was too weak to climb it. One of the lionesses directed her attention solely to this little guy.
Lisa and Evan must have thought a blood bath was going to ensue but what they witnessed was much, much different.
Unable to fully ascend the tree, the baby baboon struggles to maintain his strength after the horrific events of the day.