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A terrapin was spotted having a go at two lions that were drinking from its waterhole; the video of the creature trying to bite them is so funny!


Greater Kruger, South Africa (20 April 2021) – Terrapins have been living on Earth for over 180 million years! They have been traced back to the times when dinosaurs roamed the planet, and they were probably a bit snappy then too.

Latest Sightings shared a very funny clip of a snappy terrapin with us today, and we just had to show you. The terrapin was filmed swimming up to a pair of thirsty lions who had obviously just come from a hunt. Both round-bellied and filling the gaps with a bit of water can be seen cautiously watching the terrapin swimming over.

The terrapin, smaller than a lion’s paw, was spotted by 30-year-old safari guide Reggi Barreto while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park.

Reggi tells LatestSightings.com the story.

“We had heard about a few lions on a young zebra foal catch, and my guests and I had decided to follow up in the afternoon to see if they were still visible. There were plenty of elephants and general game along the way as we headed into the area where the lions were.”

“I knew the lions would look for water to drink, and we positioned ourselves in the perfect spot with the sunlight in our favour, ready for the sighting. What came next we did not expect – I was pleasantly surprised when the terrapin came out of the wallow towards the male and then the lioness.”

“Both lions drank their fill despite the interruptions from the terrapin and then headed back closer to the zebra foal to lay down, as it was a very humid day.”

“It was an incredibly rare sighting for me to film – watching the terrapin approach the lions that had blood on their chins from the zebra. It seems as though the terrapin was actually more interested in getting some of that blood, as opposed to ‘chasing the lions away.”

Reggi says capturing the right moment “Is all about understanding animal behaviour and predicting what they will do next. It requires plenty of patience searching for animals and spending time with them to see how the sighting will pan out!” 

Take a look at the fascinating sighting below.

Sources: Latest Sightings – Supplied
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