Have You Seen This? The king of the jungle is no match for this tiny turtle

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Have You Seen This? The king of the jungle is no match for this tiny turtle

By John Clyde, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - May 4, 2021 at 3:26 p.m.



THE WATERING HOLE — Everyone loves an underdog story.

That's probably why the story of David and Goliath has resonated for so many over the centuries. Pretty much all of us feel like David most of the time. We're facing insurmountable odds but will not give up; we must succeed.

We love watching these stories play out on the big screen, in the sports arena, and in business. Turns out, it's pretty great to watch in the wild as well.

First things first: This is not at a zoo or a Disney park. This happed out in the wild. Safari guide Reggi Barreto was with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park in South Africa, when he came across this interaction.

Two full-grown lions are getting a drink at a watering hole when a little terrapin turtle decides this is his turf and he doesn't want the lions around. The little reptile doesn't care how big these cats are and swims right up to their mouths and nips at the lions a couple of times to get them to leave.

The lions seem confused — much like the rest of us. I mean, what turtle does that? This one, apparently, because the only thing tougher than its shell is the turtle itself.

The lions ultimately take a step back from the tenacious turtle, and the little guy swims away triumphantly.

Barreto says the turtle was likely interested in the blood on the lions' chins — apparently the remnants of a recent kill — and nipping at that, but I don't know. I just think this terrapin didn't want blood in his watering hole and wanted these lions to know they were in his territory and better watch out.

Blood or no blood on those chompers, this terrapin has no time for this cat nonsense.

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