Watch a Mama Giraffe Dramatically Save Her Calf From a Pride of Lions

The protective mom stomped her front legs to scare the cats away.
Jul 22, 2014·
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

Lions prey on giraffes. It’s how the food chain works. But in this incredible footage, the gangly African mammal bests the king of the jungle.

Bill and Barbara Westbrook had previously visited Kicheche, a camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, six times. The video footage they captured of a giraffe saving her baby from a famous pride of lions made the couple’s seventh trip extra memorable.

“Each time I think we can never beat the last,” said Barbara, “but this was remarkable, going on for almost half an hour as the mother protected her calf ferociously from the young Moniko pride.”

According to National Geographic, the world’s giraffe population has dropped about 40 percent over the past 10 years. To raise awareness about the plight of the planet’s longest-necked mammal, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation launched World Giraffe Day on June 21—the longest day of the year.

This mama giraffe’s triumph over the Moniko pride was lucky. The Olare Motorogi Conservancy describes the feline group as “undoubtedly the most successful pride in the conservancy.” It has raised several cubs and earned a reputation for its dominance in the region.

“It was heart-in-the-mouth stuff, as we felt we might be witnessing something brutal as the casual menace of the subadult lions showed little signs of abating,” said Barbara. “Eventually the giraffes got away, and we breathed again.”