ROB VAMPLEW: Incredible! I’ve never seen this. COMM: This muscular standoff between a pride
of lionesses and a herd of buffalo took place in the Greater Kruger Park in South Africa.
It features behaviour that cameraman and veteran safari guide Rob Vamplew claims never to have
seen before. COMM: It begins as the lions approach the herd. ROB VAMPLEW: She’s looking for that one with
the limp there; it’s quite a pronounced limp you see. MAN: Yeah. COMM: A female buffalo appears to be struggling with an injury. ROB VAMPLEW: Oh there we go! COMM: She is swiftly taken down by the lionesses.
Within a few minutes, the female buffalo stops moving – as the lions suffocate her and tear
into her thick hide. ROB VAMPLEW: She’ll use her cheek teeth now to open up the stomach. Oh, that’s thick
skin, thick skin. COMM: The hide of a cape buffalo is two-inches thick in some places and they can weigh up to 1000 kilograms, making them formidable prey. ROB VAMPLEW: It will feed all of them. Buffalos are coming. Buffalos are coming back. ROB VAMPLEW: Let’s see what happens. Maybe they get another one? COMM: Following their kill, the prides’ work is not yet done; standing guard over the
buffalo carcass, the lions are suddenly confronted by a male buffalo. COMM: And within a few minutes, the full force
of the herd descends on the lionesses. COMM: Wisely, the pride retreats. ROB VAMPLEW: Incredible, I’ve never seen this. MAN: You have never seen? ROB VAMPLEW: Never seen anything like this
before. COMM: Reunited with their fallen comrade, the herd does something remarkable. Almost
as if in a state of shock or mourning, the herd can be seen licking the buffalo, encouraging
her to get up. ROB VAMPLEW: You know, they want her to wake up again, but it’s not going to – too
late for the rescue. COMM: This strange behaviour lasts for more than 10-minutes before the herd moves on and the pride returns to their kill.