Life is difficult and often short for a Cape Buffalo calf who has the misfortune to get separated from the herd. This video shows what happens to most of them.
Since lions are their primary predators, it should not be surprising that Cape Buffalo are such tough and aggressive creatures. Though it's not always easy, lions can still take down a full grown buffalo when they want to badly enough. Keeping their incredible predatory capabilities in mind, you can probably guess what a lion can do to a Cape Buffalo calf that gets separated from the herd.
These tourists visiting South Africa's Kruger Park got a front-row seat to a scene straight out of a National Geographic video when a lion pride scattered a Cape Buffalo herd, leaving a single calf standing there all alone and bewildered.
Watch the video to see how it all went down.
WARNING: This video is pretty violent.
The worst thing that cape buffalo calf could have done was cry out the way it did. As you can see, it was only a matter of seconds before the lions zeroed in on the calf's location and made an easy meal out of it.
As Theodore Roosevelt said in his book African Game Trails:
Death by violence, death by cold, death by starvation, - these are the normal endings of the stately and beautiful creatures of the wilderness. The sentimentalists who prattle about the peaceful life of nature do not realize its utter mercilessness...