A pair of lions was enjoying a refreshing beverage after feasting on a zebra nearby in a jungle. Suddenly, a turtle popped up from the river and approached them.
The provocative little creature started poking at the duo, just like an annoying younger sibling, and began interrupting them as they were drinking water from the river.
Thanks to Reggi Barreto, a safari guide at MalaMala Private Game Reserve in South Africa, this rare and incredible moment was captured. He sent the footage to Kruger Sightings and they posted it on their official YouTube channel.
According to Barreto, the turtle seemed to be concentrating on the blood on the lion’s chin, as they had just feasted on a zebra.
You will expect the lions to pounce but instead, they allowed the turtle to play around and decided to ignore it.
Reggi told LatestSightings.com the story: “We had heard about a few lions on a young zebra foal catch and my guests and I had decided to follow up in the afternoon to see if they were still visible. There were plenty of elephants and general game along the way as we headed into the area where the lions were.”
“I knew the lions would look for water to drink and we positioned ourselves in the perfect spot with the sunlight in our favour, ready for the sighting. What came next we did not expect – I was pleasantly surprised when the terrapin came out of the wallow towards the male and then the lioness.”
“Both lions drank their fill despite the interruptions from the terrapin and then headed back closer to the zebra foal to lay down, as it was a very humid day.”
“It was an incredibly rare sighting for me to film – watching the terrapin approach the lions that had blood on their chins from the zebra. It seems as though the terrapin was actually more interested in getting some of that blood, as opposed to ‘chasing the lions away’.”
Reggi says capturing the right moment “Is all about understanding animal behaviour and predicting what they will do next. It requires plenty of patience searching for animals and spending time with them to see how the sighting will pan out!”