Lions Pounce At The Chance To Be On Film
It's not often that you get a first-hand look at what it's like to be a wild animal, especially a wild animal with a set of sharp teeth and even sharper claws. But this clip gives you just that, thanks to a curious lion and a tiny camera.
The scene was filmed on the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa.
A spokesperson for GoPro told The Dodo that the photographers had been filming for a few days when they came across two male lions.
"The photographer went ahead [to] predict their movement and then placed the GoPro in the water tight casing (thank goodness) and put it on a small stand, on the ground," said Kelly Leggoe of GoPro. "Then it was a waiting game."
One lion pounced on the opportunity, grabbing the camera in his mouth and trotting away. The result is a stunning look at what life is like from a lion's point of view.
It's not so unusual to find a pair of lions roaming the savannah together like this. Young male lions are often expelled from a pride when they reach maturity, if they are not killed by an older male. From the age of two or three, a lion will wander on his own or with a band of a few other males, mainly those related to him. Males that survive this may go on to attempt to take over another pride. The cycle then starts again, with a new set of males cast out to wander.
See life as a lion below:
While these lions seem to be having a good time, not all are so lucky. Threatened by habitat degradation, the species is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. In October, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing African lions as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
See this page for ways to help save Africa's iconic lion.