This is the incredibly tense moment a pregnant rhino almost became dinner for three hungry lions after she got stuck in a watering hole.
The black rhino was spotted drinking here in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Black rhinos are endemic to eastern and southern Africa. Despite their name, these animals usually range from gray to brown in color.
Rhinos grow to lengths exceeding twelve feet and can weigh more than 6,000 pounds. They are usually solitary creatures, although mothers and calves often form strong relationships.
Rhinos are primarily herbivorous, preferring to feed on leafy plants, branches, shrubs, and fruit, when available.
In stark contrast, Africa lions are extremely social creatures and hypercarnivores. The lionesses perform most of the hunting tasks while the males are entrusted with guarding the territory.
They primarily prey on ungulates including wildebeest, gemsbok, and giraffes, although they have been known to take on much larger animals on occasion.
The pregnant rhino stuck at the watering hole made for a taunting attempt at a meal.
British tourist David Wederell, 31, was lucky enough to watch the drama unfold while on a guided safari tour in South Africa.
“Ultimately we got a great viewing of what life is truly like in the animal kingdom and there was a huge sense of relief when she finally escaped,” Wederell told reporters.
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