Cruel lion toy with squeaky baby warthog and LICK it as it desperately tries to escape before being devoured
- A lion played with a small warthog in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
- He stole a lioness’ piglet and let it escape before catching it again
- Nili Gudhka, 29 from Nairobi, captured the brutal images just 20 meters away
A young lion played with a terrified baby warthog by licking it before poking it to the ground and killing it in Kenya.
The footage shows a 400-pound lion playing with a two-pound warthog before securing prey.
The lion stole the piglet from a lioness that had hunted it and he grabbed it between his jaws after a brief escape attempt.
Photographer Nili Gudhka, 29 from Nairobi, captured the video in the Maasai Mara National Reserve just 20 meters away.
A 400 pound male lion licks a two pound warthog before devouring it in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The young lion grabs the little piglet in the jaw after playing with it and allowing a brief escape attempt
In the video, the lion licks the warthog’s back while screaming in distress before running towards it.
The lion immediately stops it with its paw and grabs it in its mouth to run from the lioness trying to take it back.
Nili said, “Our guide got news via radio that a pride of lions was about to hunt. We rushed to the stage and saw two lionesses chasing a family of warthogs.
The mother warthog escaped, but the baby wasn’t fast enough.
The peeping piglet runs towards him while the lion watches before stopping him in his tracks
The lion licks the warthog’s back after his mother managed to escape from the pride hunt and watched in the distance
The lioness hugged the baby and began to catch his breath, but then a young male lion entered and snatched the baby.
When I started filming, he sat down and started licking the warthog as it tried its best to escape.
Just as it was making a final escape, the lioness returned to try to seize it, but the male lion ran away with it again.
Shortly afterwards, he strangled the baby and started feeding on it. The mother warthog watched from a distance.
The young lion runs away with the baby warthog in its jaws after a lioness chases prey and stops to catch her breath
‘Nature is unpredictable, brutal and ruthless. As difficult as an observation is, we just have to be brave about it. It is not our job to intervene. ‘
The lion’s behavior will be familiar to people with domestic cats, who often play with their food.
Lions are known to have a fast digestive system and are ready for another meal just minutes after consuming a meal.
But as one of the sleepiest predators – sleeping for up to 20 hours straight – lions only need to be activated for a small portion of the day.