The African Buffalo.. A most dangerous specie…

The African Buffalo, no relation to the cattle breeds, is a most dangerous animal. They live in big herds, with younger bulls as their protectors. The breeding bulls, the older males often roam in small groups of three or four and will join the herd at breeding times. these Bulls are the sort after trophies of hunters, a fearsome animal to tackle. It has been known to attach hunters that are following the wounded; the Lion have learnt that they take on a dangerous animal when deciding to make one a meal…

A video published on YouTube attests to this and I add a link, watch it, it may appear cruel at times but that is nature, don’t switch off it ends happily with the downed Buffalo returning to the herd.

I have been up close to a few of these and although they look docile and tame, they can turn ugly in a second. An animal one must be very wary of, that head of horn is as hard as steel, and the curved horns have been the demise of many a big Lion, and for that matter man as well.

The link to YouTube a great heart wrenching, followed by heart warming ending..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM 

Only 67 million odd have watched this video, so maybe you have already seen it…

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21 thoughts on “The African Buffalo.. A most dangerous specie…

  1. Absolutely super photography, bulldogsturf. Have seen the Battle of Kruger video a few times but still get shivers down my spine when I see it. The tourist who took the footage had a bigger lifetime experience than he ever could have imagined. I wonder if he’s been back to Africa.

  2. I’ve seen a video. or two, about these magnificent beasts, although I thought they were water Buffalo (there are so many species of animals, it is sometimes hard to keep up). It’s amazing how the herd sticks together to save one of its own. Instinct does play a role in survival in the wild though. I’m surprise the lions would take these huge beasts on for a meal. I guess hunger is a strong motivator at times, and a buffalo would feed quite a few lions, it would seem. Perhaps to the lions it is worth the risk. Either way, I love your photographs. You managed to snag some fantastic shots!

  3. I have seen the video and it is good. I didn’t realize they were so mean though. These are wonderful photos!

  4. I saw how they chases the lions when they attack them.
    I know that lions have hard times to catch them.
    Good photos.

  5. WOW! Seems they are all mad… I watched video too… Almost made me cry… But how amazing, I remember this old saying, “there is safety/strong in numbers…. Thank you dear Rob, love, nia

    • An amazing battle I would love to have witness, as the buffalo is one of my favorites. Their power and strength that they exude, gives me reason to admire them.

    • The very same, a dangerous specie. Don’t know if you watched the video, but a testament to their strength, a youngster that survives the attack of a lion pride, a crocodile attack, a tug-of-war between the two predators and then to be saved by the herd, amazing strength…

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