Although the lion caught the antelope easily, when he was counterattacked, the lion panicked and ran away.


The pair of lions did not have much difficulty catching the scimitar-horned oryx. But right after knocking their prey down, they ran away in panic. Why so?

The scimitar-horned antelope possesses long, thin, symmetrical horns that can be up to 1.2m long. This is an extremely powerful defensive weapon that every predator is afraid of. That’s why, when the scimitar-horned antelope counterattacked, the pair of lions panicked and quickly ran away.

Scimitar-horned oryx were once common throughout North Africa. They are starting to decline as a result of climate change. After that, they were widely hunted for their horns.

Today, gazelles are raised in captivity in many special reserves in Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal. Scimitar-horned oryx were domesticated in ancient Egypt to provide food and sacrifices to the gods. The upper class in ancient Rome also raised this species.