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Lion fights massive crocodile to rescue brother in Botswana

By Ben Hooper
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May 15 (UPI) -- A safari-goer in Botswana captured video of a lion rescuing its younger brother from an attack by a massive crocodile in a river.

The video, filmed April 20 at Wilderness Safaris' King's Pool camp, begins with two male lions swimming out into the Linyanti river between Botswana and Namibia.

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The filmer said the older, larger lion appeared apprehensive about going into the water with a large croc nearby, but ended up following its brother into the river.

The crocodile swims toward the big cats and attacks the smaller lion, quickly dragging it under water.

The larger lion leaps onto the croc, causing it to lose its hold on the smaller feline, which quickly swims back toward shore.

The larger lion and crocodile thrash around in the water before disappearing out of view.

The filmer said the safari group initially feared the larger lion had been killed by the crocodile, but they soon spotted it climbing ashore on the other side of the river.

"Incredibly they both survived with no injuries!" the filmer wrote. "The older brother was stuck on the Namibian side of the river for the rest of the day, while the younger one waited for a while, before finding a young lioness and mating with her. When the older brother came back later in the day, instead of challenging his younger brother for the lioness as would be expected, he waited nearby."

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The filmer applauded the larger lion for being "an incredible older brother."

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