A lion managed to go hungry after the waterbuck it had cornered managed to give it the slip. The missed opportunity can be blamed on the lion’s scaredy-cat attitude. After stumbling across the male waterbuck knee-deep in a lake in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, the lion spent a few perplexed moments studying its potential prey. Finally deciding to make a move, the lion extended a tentative paw towards the large horned creature.
The waterbuck responded by lowering its horns and waving them menacingly in front of the startled big cat. Just to make sure it had got the message, the waterbuck then charged the lion headfirst. With the fearsome horns coming towards it the lion clearly decided it wasn’t that hungry, and bolted.
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