Little Terrapin sees thirsty lion and lioness drinking from a well

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Turtle-y Fearless! Little Terrapin sees thirsty lion and lioness drinking from a well in the South African Game Reserve

  • A fearless terrapin aggressively defends its waterhole against two lions
  • The recordings were taken by Reggi Barreto, 30, in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
  • The safari guide said the terrapins’ behavior was “surprising” and “incredibly rare.”

A Territorial Terrapin has been captured showing two lions in control as he aggressively chases them away from his watering hole.

The video shows the tiny animal scaring the male and female lions by plunging into the water inches from their noses and dashing towards them as they try to quench their thirst in Greater Kruger Park, South. Africa.

The unusual footage was captured by safari guide, Reggi Barreto, 30, while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve.

Mr. Barreto said, “There were plenty of elephants and general game on the way as we entered the area where the lions were.

‘I knew the lions would be looking for water to drink and we positioned ourselves in the perfect spot with the sunlight in our favor, ready for the sighting.

“We didn’t expect what came next – I was pleasantly surprised when the terrapin came out of the mud to the male and then to the lioness.”

The guide said that although the lions were somewhat annoyed by the little reptile, the lion and lioness continued to drink from the fresh well until they were satisfied.

Despite both lions having blood on their chins from the recent hunt for a zebra foal, the terrapin seemed to have no fear as it emerged just inches from the predators’ mouths.

The video shows the small animal scaring the male and female lions by emerging in the water a few inches from their noses in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa.

The video shows the small animal scaring the male and female lions by emerging in the water a few inches from their noses in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa.

The incredible footage was captured by safari guide, Reggi Barreto, 30, while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve.

The incredible footage was captured by safari guide, Reggi Barreto, 30, while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve.

The little terrapin pushes the lion as he tries to drink the fresh water

The little terrapin pushes the lion as he tries to drink the fresh water

The lion is a little put off by the tiny reptile, but continues to drink as it pops up around him

The lion is a little put off by the tiny reptile, but continues to drink as it pops up around him

The terrapin rises from the water and almost touches the lioness's nose

Mr. Barreto believes the animal was attracted to the blood on the lions' noses

The terrapin rises from the water and almost touches the lioness’s nose. Mr. Barreto believes the animal was attracted to the blood on the lions’ noses

Mr. Barreto added, “Both lions drank their bellies despite the terrapins of the terrapin and then went back closer to the zebra foal to lie down as it was a very humid day.”

‘It was an incredibly rare sighting for me to film – how the terrapin approached the lions with blood on the zebra’s chin. It seems the terrapin was actually more interested in getting some of that blood, rather than ‘scaring the lions away’.

Mr Barreto said capturing the right time “is all about understanding animal behavior and predicting what they will do next.”

He added, “It takes a lot of patience to look for animals and spend time with them to see how the sighting will unfold.”

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