A Swiss tourist has filmed the grisly moment a lion chased down and killed a young African elephant after it was caught alone at a waterhole.
Kurt Haas filmed the beast pursue the juvenile pachyderm before leaping onto its back and forcing it to the ground at a national park in Zimbabwe. “The lion tried to unbalance the elephant to bring it down, but in vain,” Mr Haas said.
“As the elephant came to a standstill the lion jumped in the air and twisted – which brought the elephant down to the ground.” The three or four-year-old elephant, which had tusks but was far from full-sized, was then killed by a series of bites to the neck by the lion and its brother.
A lioness and a cub then join in for a feast.
“It is sad but a natural experience of nature,” Mr Haas said.
“It was a privilege to see it with the eye of the film-maker and with the watery eye of an elephant lover.”
Author: Nick Pearson. Approving editor: Simon Black.
Sources: Barcroft Media, Daily Mail