Video Of The Week - Brave Porcupine Fends Off Seventeen Lions!


CCSS NAS-3 287 Words 2-Minute Listen

It was the classic David vs. Goliath scenario, except in this case, the boy was represented by a seemingly helpless porcupine and Goliath, by a pride of 17 hungry lions that would have loved to add the quill-bearing rodent to their dinner menu. Fortunately, the struggle ended just like the story, with the lions scurrying away in defeat!

The epic fight that was caught on tape by Lucien Beaumont, a guide at the Londolozi Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, took place sometime around October 30th. According to Beaumont, after spending the day lounging at the reserve, the group of cats that included four males, decided it was time to go hunting. They soon appeared to find something of interest and clustered around. Curious, Beaumont drew closer and was surprised to see that the excitement was being caused by a small porcupine.

As the lions scuttled around the rodent, it began to warn the predators to keep their distance by shaking its tail or 'rattle', as it is often called. While most seemed to heed the warning, a couple of brave ones decided to try their luck by nudging closer. Instead of getting intimidated, the porcupine charged backwards and ensured that its quills, which are equipped with micro-barbs hooked on to the face or paws of each of the cats, causing them to back away in a hurry. Beaumont says that this is how all porcupines defend themselves and the myth that they "shoot" quills at their predators is just a misconception.

Realizing that they were no match for this small but formidable opponent, the lions soon backed off, though one did seem to look back wistfully, at what could have been a tasty meal.


Cite Article
  • gaurdain
    gaurdainFriday, April 23, 2021 at 4:33 pm
    Wow 😳 so cool 😎 he won
    • wolfy_blue
      wolfy_blueFriday, March 12, 2021 at 7:20 am
      wow, never mess with the porcupine.
      • kittylover111
        kittylover111Friday, March 12, 2021 at 6:32 am
        you know what i don't get? Why a pack of 17 lions would choose to kill a tiny porcupine when they could kill a giraffe or elephahant. And why are they mostly females? I saw 75% females.
        • wolfiedream
          wolfiedreamThursday, March 11, 2021 at 2:12 pm
          what a crazy story!
          • gold3nglare
            gold3nglareWednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:14 am
            How brave
            • gimmemy_pie
              gimmemy_pieWednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:46 pm
              • mxctrebleclef
                mxctrebleclefMonday, December 21, 2020 at 12:07 pm
                I never realized how strong in defense porcupines were.
                • devapisarkar
                  devapisarkarFriday, June 26, 2020 at 8:32 am
                  I wanted the lion to win because the other lions got hurt by the quils
                  • thewisdomoflife
                    thewisdomoflifeMonday, June 1, 2020 at 12:41 am
                    Now that's what I call defense.
                    • shootingstars
                      shootingstarsMonday, March 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm
                      • shootingstars
                        shootingstarsMonday, March 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm
                        That’s a tough situation!