A proud lion doesn’t know what to do next after their dinner rolls itself into a ball. The big cats have claws and teeth that can’t be matched by pangolins, an arm-like animal covered in tough scales that lions capture.
The unusual encounter is believed to be the first time a pangolin has been caught to scare away big cats. The pride of the lions was dumbfounded after they caught a pangolin, which then rolled itself into a protective ball.
One of the cubs tried to sink his teeth into the pangolin, while the other two watched.
One of the tiger cubs listens to see if the pangolin is still breathing inside its shell. Armadillo-like animals are completely hidden in the shell with the head wrapped under the tail.
The hard plaques that cover their bodies are made up of keratin – a thicker version of the substance than human fingernails. There were five lions who were clearly both fascinated and resentful – they could smell the flesh inside but couldn’t get in.
Imagine that it stays curled up until the lions finally lose interest. It was an amazing sight. The cub looks defeated as the pangolin prepares to roll out onto the field.
Pangolins eat insects and are found throughout subtropical Africa and Asia but are secretive animals and are difficult to track and detect.
The hard plaques that cover their bodies are made up of keratin – a thicker version of the substance than human fingernails.
The pangolin curls into a ball when threatened, and the overlapping scales – sharp – act as armor. Its face is sunken below the tail and its face is sunken below the tail.