Famous Namibian Lion Attack Video

by Peter Baxter on October 20, 2008

by Peter Baxter | October 20th, 2008  

A few weeks ago Zimbabwean child Courtney Sparrow was savagely mauled by a lion kept on a semi-domestic level by a neighbor in an effort to ward of Zimbabwean land invaders eager to seize the family farm.

The child survived, but this is a cautionary tale for many who assume that a tame lion is tame. It also renewed discussion on the nature of wild animals, and the folly of believing that living in close commerce with man makes these creatures safe. Many have been the cases, from Siegfried & Roy to Courtney Sparrow, where people have taken too lightly the threat posed by wild animals brought into captivity. Even more so the many instances where tourists forget that they are visitors to a savage environment.

This fact was strikingly examined in the 1975 Italian Mondo film Ultime Grida Dalla Savana, or Savage man Savage Beast as it was titled in English. The film courted great controversy for sensational scenes of animal and human violence, as well as to expose elements of beauty in the raw savagery of nature. No part of the film achieved this better than the by classic lion attack scene where, in a Namibian game park, a tourist named Pit Dernitz inexplicably gets out of his car and walks towards a feeding pride of lions to achieve a close up sequence…

Treat these vids with caution, they are very explicit…

Here are some other scenes from the film, and other perspectives of the same episode, and more…

And on a lighter note a warthog that would take no BS…anybody with any familiarity with the African Bush will tell you that the humble warthog is a creature to be respected.

And this one of the classic sequences of animal humanity…

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