Video: Lion Pride Politics
Produced by Walt Disney Video Premiere and animated by Walt Disney Animation Australia and released on October 27, 1998, the film centers on Simba and Nala's daughter Kiara, who falls in love with Kovu, a male rogue lion from a banished pride that was once loyal to Simba's evil uncle, Scar. Separated by Simba's prejudice against the banished pride and a vindictive plot planned by Kovu's mother Zira, Kiara and Kovu struggle to unite their estranged prides and be together.
Video: Lion pride politics
Kovu contemplates attacking Simba, but he is interrupted by Kiara and starts spending more time with her. Kovu becomes conflicted between his mission and his feelings for Kiara until Rafiki, a mandrill who serves as shaman and advisor, leads them to the jungle, where he introduces them to "upendi" (an erroneous form of upendo, which means "love" in Swahili), helping the two lions fall in love. That night, Simba allows Kovu to sleep inside Pride Rock with the rest of the pride at Nala's persuasion. Upon learning of Kovu's failure to kill Simba, Zira sets a trap for them.
The next day, Kovu once again attempts to explain his mission to Kiara, but Simba takes him around the Pride Lands and tells him Scar's story. The Outsiders attack Simba, resulting in Nuka's death and Simba's escape. In the aftermath, Zira scratches Kovu, causing him to turn on her. Returning to Pride Rock, Kovu pleads Simba for forgiveness but is exiled. Kiara makes Simba realize he is acting irrationally, and flees to find Kovu. The two lions later find each other and profess their love. Realizing that they must reunite the two prides, Kiara and Kovu return to the Pride Lands and convince them to stop fighting. Zira, however, attempts to kill Simba, but Kiara intervenes and Zira falls to her death.
In the video, which has resurfaced on social media after being shared this morning by Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda, a pair of honey badgers can been seen taking on a pride of lions. Despite being outnumbered by animals much larger than themselves, the honey badgers were filmed winning the battle and forcing the big cats to retreat.
Game keepers at the Londolozi Game Reserve in near Kruger National Park captured the amazing moment where one tenacious porcupine proved that a pride of lions was no match for a rodent bearing quills.
In the video titled Lion Vs Porcupine, keeper Lucien Beaumont and his group of animal watchers were witness to a confrontation that saw a pride of 17 lions try but inevitably fail to overcome their prickly opponent.
Beaumont writes: The pride soon became active and started to move with the four male lions in tow. Suddenly we saw the group clump together and it looked like they were surrounding something of interest.
During my safaris in Kruger National Park, the guide received a phone call saying that some people saw a lion pride. He rushed to the local and when we got there 8 lions were lying down on the road. I was completely in awe!
Below you will find three videos showing how a wolf pack, lion pride and chimp troop work as an intelligent, cohesive unit to bring down their prey. Warning: The following videos contain footage that some may find graphic. It shows animals being hunted and killed by other animals and may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion is advised.