1 Crab Takes on Pride of Lions
This is the amazing moment a pride of lions were seen off as they came claw-to-claw in the wild…with a feisty four-inch CRAB!
The crustacean had unusually come out of its burrow in daylight and was trying to cross a river at the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa.
But in a stroke of roar bad luck the scuttling crab was spotted by the Kambula pride of lions and lionesses and it sparked their curiosity.
First one of the sub-adults went for a look but the freshwater crab was in an un-snappy mood and went up on its back legs with claws raised.
Within a few moments four other young lions joined in and surrounded the crabby crab in a pincer movement but it wouldn’t back down.
It carried on retreating to its burrow in the river bank keeping the lions at bay single clawed until it could escape down its hole to safety.
The tale of the tape showed the young predators at about 3 feet tall at the shoulder and 275lbs in weight should have taken out the crab.
But snapping its claws at their curious soft noses the lions kept a safe distance away deciding it was safer to avoid the mane event.
Rangers Ruggiero Barreto, 30, and Robyn Sewell, 27, captured the clawsome encounter on video at the MalaMala Private Game Reserve.
The 33,000 acre Big Five reserve is one of the oldest and biggest in South Africa in the Kruger National Park which is full of predators.
But they didn’t expect a lone crab to take on a pride of lions - and pose for them for a shellfie!
They told LatestSightings.com: “We left the camp at sun rise with the hope of finding lions and were lucky enough to find a pride at a riverbank.
“They were sheltering from the wind in the Mlowathi Riverbed and were sleeping so we thought we would drive on and look back a little later.
“But suddenly we noticed one of the sub-adults get up and start staring at something and at first we thought it was a scorpion but it was a crab.