(Video) Female Lion Fights for Survival at Mala Mala

Last month, Kathy Long was on safari in South Africa’s Mala Mala Private Game Reserve when she witnessed an incredible scene; an adult male lion attempting to kill a malnourished sub-adult female.

Erin Long, who wrote about the experience on Africa Geographic’s blog, says that they came upon three lions; a female, her cub, and a sub-adult female sleeping in the morning sun. As they watched, a male lion approached. He seemed to be stalking the sleeping females. Once she become aware of the approaching danger, the sub-adult female adopted a submissive pose, her body flattened to the ground, and refused to make eye contact. The male launched a vicious assault anyway. The young female, though tiny by comparison, put up a fierce fight.

According to the guide, the sub-adult female’s father was once the dominant lion in the area. The male that attacked her was part of the new coalition of males that had taken over. ¬†Apparently, the female is too young to breed and is of no use to the males. You can watch a video of the battle below and get the full story, along with some great photos, here.

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