There's no TV show as thrilling as the natural drama that plays out between wildlife every day. There's life, death, love and danger, sometimes in the space of just a few hours. Predators hunt prey, and unless the prey is smart and crafty enough they wind up being someone else's meal.
That's why this video is so incredible: just when you think you know how this story is going to end, Mother Nature throws in a plot twist that defies all your expectations.
And we promise, it has a happy ending.
The footage was taped at Kruger National Park, a wildlife preserve in South Africa that's become one of the world's premier safari destinations.
More than a million tourists flock to the park each year to see Africa's famous Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes.
Sometimes, their cameras capture the dramatic moment 2 of these species meet face to face, like this pair of lions hunting down a stray buffalo.
The odds are definitely stacked against the water buffalo in this confrontation, and for a moment it seems like the lions have won, but that's before the buffalo herd arrives for the miraculous rescue.
Nature sure is exciting, but I definitely wouldn't want a closer look at this scary moment.
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