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A lion braved a high tree to pull down a leopard kill but after struggling and stumbling out the tree, he had to share with his hungry brother.


Greater Kruger, South Africa (22 February 2022) – One male lion was having a very bad day. Feeling the pangs of hunger, he braved a tall tree where a leopard had stashed its kill and it didn’t at all go to plan.

30-year-old field guide, Benjamin Scheepers was out with guests on a morning drive when they saw the lion making his way up the tall tree towards a leopard kill.

The lion started the day out feeling hopeful and ended up having a really bad day. Benjamin shared the video of the experience with Latest Sightings.

“On a morning safari, we had stopped for some coffee and saw a mass of vultures circling an area nearby. My guests and I decided to go investigate. After entering the area, we found nothing until a male lion showed up and started sniffing around. This in itself was already a major win for us, as I had not yet been able to show my guests a male lion.”

“The next thing we knew, this male started trotting towards a tree and actually started climbing! My heart rose and I was in absolute shock. I repositioned the vehicle for everyone to have the best view. Unfortunately, I had missed the opportunity to get photos of the climbing.”

“Before we knew it, he was in the tree and had managed to get a leopard’s, impala kill. When he carefully came down, his brother moved in to get a piece of the kill. Of course, this gave off somewhat of a rumpus, but after a quick game of tug-a-war, both lions had a quick snack and went to take a nap in the shade.”

“There was no leopard around at the time and expectedly did not return.” 

“I honestly did not know when to take photos and when to take videos and when to simply just appreciate what we had been fortunate enough to experience. This has by far been one of my most memorable sightings. I have never witnessed anything like it and will surely remember this for the rest of my life.”

Take a look at the hilariously bad day this lion is having below.

Sources: Latest Sightings
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