UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A tourist at Krugar National Park captured footage of what appears to be a display of interspecies friendship.
Jill Mathews filmed a herd of buffalo coming to the rescue of a baby elephant being attacked by a pride of lions.
Mathews told LatestSightings.com, the lions had ambushed and pounced on the elephant.
She said the sound of the attack alerted a group of nearby buffaloes that were intent on driving the big cats away.
Mathews said, “One by one, all the lions escaped and the little elephant got up and ran for his life.”
Krugar Sightings posted footage of the incident on YouTube Jan. 23.
The video quickly went viral, generating more than 800,000 views.
However, it’s not exactly clear how the story ended. Mathews said the lions did attack the elephant a second time, but that a bush obstructed her view, preventing her from seeing if the elephant escaped again.