Tourist Sune Eloff was on a game drive in South Africa’s Kruger National Park when she came across a pride of lions resting in a dry riverbed. When the cats suddenly moved in the direction of some nearby reeds, Eloff readied her camera in anticipation of a hunt. Suddenly a young lion came out of the reeds with a water monitor lizard that he had just caught. This is when the entire scene started to unfold.
source/image: Kruger Sightings
Some buffalo in the vicinity had noticed that the lion had captured a lizard and one of them came storming in as if he knew this lizard needed protecting. To our absolute astonishment, the buffalo proceeded to get his head right under the puzzled lion and somersault him through the air. It was crazy!
“To our absolute astonishment, the buffalo proceeded to get his head right under the puzzled lion and somersault him through the air,” Eloff told Latest Sightings.
Seemingly uninjured (save for its pride), the young lion ran off shortly after the altercation. The fate of the monitor lizard is unclear. While some commenters online have hailed the buffalo as a lizard-saving hero, it’s unlikely that the bulky herbivore had altruistic motives.