Lions are considered by many as the ‘king of the jungle’ and these big cats have earned the title for several reasons, including their physical prowess, raw strength, and hunting strategies. Most wild lions can be found in Africa but they also have small populations in other parts of the world, particularly India.
What makes these animals unique is that they are the only cats known to live in groups called ‘pride.’ Despite being seemingly invincible, lions are also vulnerable to encounters with other wild animals and even susceptible to fatal attacks from some of them.
In this article, Nature World News explores the contenders against the king of the jungle and what animal can defeat a lion. In this challenge, there are two criteria; first, there should only be one lion and a single animal contender. Second, either one of the two animals retreats or dies during the encounter for a victor to emerge.
What Animals Can Defeat a Lion?
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There are several animals that can contend and even defeat a lion, as was also observed in documentaries and research in previous years. Evidence of wildlife being aggressive or fighting back against the wild cats are even caught on camera.
Below are some of the animals that can defeat a lion:
- Water buffalo
While a hyena may not be considered a legitimate contender since it has been reported that it can only kill a lion when it hunts the king of the jungle in a pack rather than as an individual.
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King of the Jungle Myth
Contrary to popular belief, there is no particular animal species that rule the wild and vast terrestrial ecosystems of the world, a characteristic that describes the king of the jungle. Instead, scientists consider the most dominant animal within the food chain in each environment as an ‘apex predator.’
For instance, in the marine biosphere, contemporary evidence shows that killer whales or orcas (Orcinus orca) are the true rulers or apex predators of the sea. While this fact is contrary to the belief of some that sharks, specifically great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), are the ones that should be holding the title.
However, in recent years, anecdotal and scientific video recordings some of which have been posted online show that killer whales feast on great white sharks and their livers.
Meanwhile, within the terrestrial biosphere, there is no simple answer since there are various animal groups and species that can interact with each other and even outcompete even land’s most fearsome animals like lions and other big cats, ferocious reptiles like crocodiles, and giant mammals such as elephants.
Being an apex predator across various environmental, and ecological systems is not just a title but also has benefits to a particular natural habitat, including population control of prey and even non-native invasive species.
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