WATCH: Buffalo camaraderie makes for a first-time Kruger experience 'beyond imagination'
Cape Town - It's true that nature is all about survival of the fittest, but in some cases, the strength of the wolf is in the pack...
A recent, incredible sighting show a herd of buffalo sticking to the motto, "all for one and one for all".
Wildlife spotter Riesdah Gabier, a 39-year-old sales consultant by day, captured this remarkable footage on 9 April this year in the Timbavati Reserve on the western edge of Kruger National Park. Previously, the exact same sighting had also been captured by another visitor to the park, and shared to the 'Calao camp' Facebook page.
Gabier's perspective, however, is an astonishing one as this was his very first safari experience. He described it as something 'beyond imagination'.
"We were in total shock. This was the first time I have ever seen lions or any of the Big 5 in real life, my first ever safari," he tells Latest Sightings. "I was told that I am very lucky to have witnessed something like this, as many go to the bush for years without seeing anything remotely close to this experience."
And indeed he was. Lions typically kill their prey with deadly efficiency.... but not this time!
This is how Gabier remembers it -
"We had been following these two young lions for a few days. Guests who were staying at the Umlani Treehouse woke up to find the two lions outside the treehouse. This is how our ranger knew to start following them...
"We spotted a herd of buffalo. Amongst them were two injured buffaloes slowing down the main herd. The lions were aware of this and started tracking the weaker ones.
"The lions were very diligent and waited until one of the injured buffaloes fell far enough behind to attack it. They managed to tackle him down, but the nearby herd was not having any of it! They did an 180-degree turn and came running around the corner to assist the hunted buffalo. The poor buffalo was rolled around like a toy car but the tactics of the herd paid off. They were able to chase the lions off their friend and get them to flee, literally 'saving his bacon'."
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