Tom Imrie and I headed off on an afternoon drive in search of the Mhangeni pride that had been seen earlier that morning on the western sections of the reserve. We had no idea what we were going to find. We had made our way into the area where the lions had last been seen and started to look for the last tracks of the pride to put us in the right direction. Not long after discovering the fresh tracks of the lion, the radio crackled to life with Tom’s voice on the other end. “ I have located the lions, get here now, they have caught a buffalo!” said Tom. With a sudden rush of excitement, I made my way to the position and as I got there, Tom came over the radio… “This is not a buffalo, it’s a rhino!”
I have never quite seen anything like this before. The large Mhangeni pride feeding voraciously upon an unfortunate young rhino, that had succumbed to the awesome power of this pride of lion. It was reported that a young rhino bull had been seen in the area with injuries that had been caused by an attack from another rhino bull. The weakened bull must have been caught off guard while resting in the bush and been completely over powered by the lioness of the pride as well as 3 of the Majingilane males who no doubt must have helped to bring down this powerful rhino. I can only imagine what it must have been like to see a pride of 13 and 3 large males battle this poor rhino. This video is definitely not for the faint hearted…
Have you ever heard of a pride taking down a rhino?
Written, Photographed and Filmed by Lucien Beaumont