The lion has typically been considered the “king of beasts” because of its ferocity and speed, and many of us probably assumed that there were few — if any — creatures who could win in a matchup against one of these ferocious predators.
However, one hungry lioness featured on a BBC documentary in the African desert was outmaneuvered by an unlikely animal — a giraffe.
The unbelievable moment aired on the fourth episode of BBC’s current season of “Planet Earth II,” a nature documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, according to Fox News.
This particular episode reportedly focused on deserts, including that in the southwestern African nation of Namibia.
A pride of lionesses was on a three-day hunt and desperate for a meal, the U.K. Daily Mail explained, as they had traveled 300 miles of barren desert. When the group spotted the giraffe near a dry riverbed, they — and the rest of us — probably thought feasting on it would be an easy feat.
But the giraffe wasn’t going down without a fight, as it ran straight toward the lion that jumped up toward the giraffe’s neck.
Instead of being brought down, the giraffe plowed right over its attacker, and it even stomped on her a few times before escaping from the dangerous situation.
For those of you who missed the astonishing moment — or those of you who want to relive the epic underdog victory again and again — BBC One tweeted a clip of the incident, with the caption “That’s gotta hurt.”
The video has gone viral on social media, helping boost the show’s ratings, which had already been experiencing great success this season. The debut episode attracted over 12 million viewers, according to the Daily Mail.
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