[Viewer Discretion Advised] A Savage Fight To The Death…Rival Male Lions Battle For Territory
As you can clearly see in the title of this article, I recommended ‘viewer discretion’ , this was done because the video contained in this article shows the dark side of lions and their behavior. In the video below, you will see male lions battle each other for supremacy of a pride. A pair of brothers fight to the death against 5 other lions and it not only gets extremely savage, but horrifically bloody as well.
There is no such thing as an ‘alpha’ male lion. In lion society there are 2 social groups. Prides and coalitions. Prides consists of adult females, sub-adults and cubs. Coalitions consists of adult males. Typically a coalition consists of 1–4 males, but coalitions of up to 9 males have been recorded.
Prides and coalitions defend territories which can be similar, but it often happens that the territory of the coalition cover the territory of several prides. In such a case the same male lion coalition might breed with females of multiple prides.
If a male is beaten by a male from another coalition things are different. He will be lucky to survive the fight. What regularly happens is is that they try to get away, and the chasing males will slash at him from the back, with a good chance that the claws cut veins or arteries on the inside of the hind legs and he might bleed to death.
If he survives, he will leave the territory, and once he comes across other females he will try to stick around there and mate with them, until he meets the territorial males with which he will either fight, or flee for. The transition from one pride to another is pretty quick, but depends a bit on the lion density. The higher the density, the easier it is to find other females.
The bottom line is, there is NO MERCY, or quarter given when these animals fight and only physically strong, intelligent and fit males survive to become adults in charge of a pride.