My previous post about lions taking down an elephant made me wonder if the depths of YouTube held any clues as to how lions might successfully hunt giraffe, and indeed, here’s some footage of just such an event;
Indeed, the objective of the lions seems to be to tire the giraffe out and wound it to the point when it can no longer stand. Such tactics are dangerous, being that giraffes can easily break bones and lacerate skin with their powerful kicks (and some of the lions were on the receiving end of such blows) but the method seems to be effective. I have to wonder if there is a larger success rate with this tactic when it is used on male giraffes, being that males are more likely to stand their ground and fight. A giraffe that is able to run away will likely make it to safety, but by standing his ground and fighting, the male giraffe in this video makes himself an easy target, exhausting himself trying to fight off the lions and getting cornered in an area of thick brush.