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Cape Buffalo Fear: Lion Takes Flight

Posted by Richard Conniff on December 14, 2013

Of all the animals in the African bush, cape buffalo are the most frightening.  Well, o.k., getting between a panicky hippo and the water is up there, too.  Or being too close to the water when a crocodile makes its lunge.  Or, yeah, yeah, when a black mamba stands up and repeatedly bites before you can say, “What’s that?”

But Cape Buffalo seem to be everywhere, and they have a special malevolence I find unnerving.  I think this lion probably feels the same way. (But also see the comments on my previous posting about this particular fear of mine.)


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