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Lions Face Cobra and 'Lucky' Lizard in Rare Safari Encounter

A safari wildlife guide captured the dramatic moment two lions came face-to-face with a snouted cobra as it was hunting a lizard in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

Pretoria native Daniel Anthony was leading a safari guide through the Sabi Sands Game Reserve when his group stumbled upon an interaction between two lions, a cobra, and a lizard.

Footage captured by Anthony shows the lions stop in their tracks as they spot the snake in the road. A lizard then emerges, which Anthony concludes was being hunted by the disturbed snake.

Writing about the incident on Instagram, Anthony said, “After seeing the cobra, the lions did not want to take the chance with the defenseless lizard. They left the lizard alone and all three animals went away seemingly unscathed.”

“I think it’s fair to say this was an extremely lucky lizard,” he added. Credit: Daniel Anthony via Storyful

Video transcript

- It's a snake. It's a snake.

- It's a lizard.

- Whoa. It's a Cobra.

- It's a cobra.

- A cobra and a lion in one shot.

- He's a lizard. He's going for the lizard.

- They don't know what to make of this.

- So the cobra slipped away.

- Let's see what they're going to do with the lizard, yeah?

It's a snake. It's a snake.

- It's a lizard.

- Whoa. It's a Cobra.

- It's a cobra.

- A cobra and a lion in one shot.

- He's a lizard. He's going for the lizard.

- They don't know what to make of this.

- So the cobra slipped away.

- Let's see what they're going to do with the lizard, yeah?