Turtle Chases Lions From His Waterhole


Small but mighty! This turtle is showing some lions who’s boss.

A tiny, tenacious turtle swam up to a couple of lions like it was no big deal in some incredible footage captured at a watering hole. The awe-inspiring video was captured by Reggi Barreto, a safari guide in the Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa.

“It was an incredibly rare sighting for me to film – watching the terrapin approach the lions that had blood on their chins from the zebra,” Reggi told Latest Sightings. “Is all about understanding animal behavior and predicting what they will do next. It requires plenty of patience searching for animals and spending time with them to see how the sighting will pan out!”

The turtle clearly wanted something from the the big cats, and had no problem letting them know. The teensy reptile can be seen approaching the lions over and over again as they lapped at water at its watering hole. The lions were clearly confused, and a little bit annoyed, as the creature repeatedly swam up to them. Guides suspect that the terrapin was likely interested in the blood on their chins more than anything. “It seems as though the terrapin was actually more interested in getting some of that blood, as opposed to ‘chasing the lions away,” they said.

Terrapins are one of several small turtle species that thrive in fresh or stagnant water bodies. They’re omnivores, so they’ll eat just about anything — even blood on a lion’s face.

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