Originally posted by AThousandYoung
Skip the first half, it's just video of each separately set to "dramatic music". Well except that the two enemies taunt each other a bit which is cool to watch.
"The old bulls look down at these stubborn cats, and test their
There are a few misunderstandings both on the narrators part and on
the part of RoyalPanthera who posted this video. First of all, there are no
"bulls" in a flock of elephants (when a female is ready to mate, she will
seek up an appropriate male).
Second of all, there's no more rivalry between elephants and lions as
there is between any other predators and their prey. They don't show off
and taunt each other. The predators test their prey, and the prey
responds with showing that they're not easy for the grabbing.
Also, elephants are actually not a common feast on the lion's dinner
table, simply because of the third, aaaand...
...third, lions (like any predators) will only attack when the energy
required to slain their prey is less than what the prey will give in return,
when the likelihood of being wounded is close to nothing.
This is why you never see a flock of lions (or any other predator) attack
fully grown and healthy prey, because the cost in energy and the risk of
a larger animal (like the elephant) causing some serious damage is too
big to be worth the trouble. This is also the reason why lions hunt mostly
at night, where the likelihood of surprising their prey is bigger (this is
because they hunt in open spaces).
Instead, lions always attack the weakest (or nearest when they
attack a herd) in any group of animals. When hunting big prey
especially, they will test their dinner by making short runs like they do at
the elephants in the video. If the prey doesn't react too violent but
merely trots after the lion, it's a sign of weakness and the lions rejoice
at the late night dinner party just served to them. Mind you that a
healthy elephant can toss a lion several feet, which could cause serious
injury and immediately make the hunt counter-productive. In fact,
elephants are some of the most vicious animals in that they can easily
stomp and throw most any other animal if not to death, damn near to it.
It's interesting how nature equals things out like this. If lions really were
so powerful and so vicious that they could take on any male elephant,
then obviously there would be no more elephants left, because big is
always better when it comes to food resources so the lions would go for
elephant every time they need food, right? And since elephants copulate
rarely, there's not enough of them to keep feeding the lions.
(Notice the 10 edits? I was wrong on specifics several times. And I
misspelled a lot of words, as I usually do, but I think I got it right now.