Lions attack elephant – Planet Earth – BBC


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In this harrowing clip from the award-winning BBC Planet Earth series, Sir David Attenborough explores the danger elephants face when sharing a water hole with desperate, starving lions. Visit for all the latest animal news and wildlife videos and watch more high quality videos on the new BBC Earth YouTube channel here:



  1. Animals get away with poaching on a regular basis, if we wanted to conserve the populations of these creatures, we should restrict their hunting, muzzle all the predators and get them on some sort of protein powder. That way there would be more available to the exotic hunting business, and ivory markets. All of the wonderful cures Ivory holds within it would suddenly become far more economically viable.

  2. Okay correct me where I'm wrong, but I swear somewhere around 5:495:51, I swear for a split second I can see something white and glistening sticking out of the elephant's flank, preceded by a "click" sound.

    A dart? I have a feeling they just tranqulized the elephant and it fell down for the lions to feed on mid-chase. Is this why we never got to see just HOW the elephant was brought down?

  3. Wow! That's by far the biggest elephant I've ever seen taken down by lions. It was a sub-adult but it was still a big animal.

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