When Cape Buffalo Attack

When Cape Buffalo Attack

Number 6 Larry Trotter II
Larry Trotter II was on a 25-day archery hunting safari when he was brutally attacked by a
Cape buffalo. At the last minute, his tour guides reportedly
convinced him to include the large bovine on his list of game. Less than half an hour into his first excursion,
Trotter came face-to-face with a 2,000-pound Cape buffalo in open terrain. He abandoned his bow and started running in
the opposite direction, a decision that most likely saved his life. Trotter couldn’t outrun the animal, but
the padding in his backpack absorbed the initial impact. The hunter weighed roughly 220 pounds and
stood at 6ft 4ins. Nevertheless, he was launched nearly 15 feet
in the air. A second charge hooked him in the arm and
sent him flying once again, breaking multiple bones. As the buffalo attacked him a third time,
Trotter put his boots on its forehead and pushed himself away. Four members of Trotter’s hunting party
shot the beast 9 times before it collapsed, just inches from him. The man, a native of Colorado, underwent a
number of surgeries to fix his fractures. Coming up next on our list, a buffalo takes
on a jeep and an anti-poaching guard is gored in the legs but, first, let’s learn more
about the large and powerful Cape buffalo. What Is It? The Cape buffalo, also known as the African
Buffalo, is a massive bovine found in Sub-Saharan Africa. This creature is part of the “big five”
along with lions, rhinos, leopards and elephants. The term was coined by big-game hunters to
describe the African-native animals most difficult to hunt on foot. When it comes to Cape buffalos, the description
is more than fitting. These creatures are large, exceptionally strong
and notoriously aggressive. Males of the nominate subspecies can weigh
up to 2,200 pounds, stand nearly 6 feet at the shoulder and measure over 11 feet. Their coats are black or dark brown. They have stocky bodies and short, thickset
legs. The front hooves are wider, a necessary adaptation
to support the front of the buffalo which is heavier and more powerful than the rear. A distinguishing feature among adult males
is that the horns are very close together at the base. This forms a bone shield, called a boss, which
is arguably the buffalo’s most prolific weapon. From the boss, the horns smoothly curve downwards
and then upwards, with a possible incline towards the back or the front. The distance between the tips of the horns
can exceed 5 feet. The horns are used by the beast to charge
at and gore perceived threats. Cape buffalos are among the most dangerous
creatures on the African continent, with hundreds of attack on humans being reported every year. Number 5 Cape buffalo Attacks Jeep
In September, 2018, an enraged Cape buffalo rammed its horns repeatedly into a Safari
jeep full of people. The attack took place in South Luangwa, Zambia. Professional guide and wildlife photographer
Peter Geraerdts captured several pictures of the attack. The beast charged into the jeep and plunged
its horns into the vehicle’s hood, probably trying to flip it over. It was reportedly already injured, which is
most likely why it attacked. A Cape buffalo in pain may become more aggressive
towards any perceived threats, believing that its survival is at stake. The tourists weren’t hurt in the attack,
but they were terrified of the massive charging beast. Geraerdts called Conservation South Luangwa,
a local organization, which cared for the injured animal. Number 4 Attack on Anti-poaching Guard
An unnamed anti-poaching guard was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he
was attacked by a cape buffalo at a game farm in KwaZulu-Natal, on the outskirts of Mooi
River. At the time, the man was tasked with supervising
white rhinos. He was out on patrol when he encountered the
buffalo and the beast charged him. The guard sustained traumatic injuries to
his legs as he was trying to run away. The buffalo had gored and trampled his limbs. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where
he remained in serious condition but began slowly showing signs of improvement. Coming up next, a vehicle is trapped in a
stampede, but first let’s learn more about the natural habitat of the Cape buffalo. Where Is It Located? Cape buffalos are indigenous to Africa and
the nominate subspecies, which is also the largest, can mainly be found in the south
and east. Another subspecies is known as the African
forest buffalo, or dwarf buffalo. Their color is usually red and they’re the
smallest subspecies. Dwarf buffalos inhabit the forests of Central
and West Africa. The Sudanese buffalo is sometimes regarded
as an intermediate species between the previous two and its found in West Africa. The Nile buffalo typically inhabits the savannas
of Central Africa. Cape buffalos have been described as being
among the most successful grazers on the continent. They can be found in swamps, floodplains,
grasslands as well as in the forests of Africa’s major mountains. They live in hierarchical herds, which can
number over 1,000 members and are led by dominant bulls. Cape buffalos don’t have many natural predators
with lions being their most common enemy. However, since the buffalo is stronger and
larger, it often takes a coordinated attack from the entire pride to take down a single
individual. There’ve been only a few cases in which
a single male lion has successfully taken down a Cape buffalo. During attacks, lion prides tend to isolate
individuals since taking on the herd is extremely risky and may result in heavy losses. In one particular incident, dubbed the Battle
at Kruger, the herd intervened and protected a calf both from lions and a crocodile attack. Number 3 Stampede Attacks Car
In recent years, there’ve been several Cape buffalo stampedes at South Africa’s Kruger
National Park. One incident, captured on video in 2016, was
of a herd that almost flipped a car over with its terrified occupants still inside. The herd had initially crossed the road as
several vehicles waited for them. Then, something frightened them, sending dozens
of animals running back into the road. One vehicle was caught in the stampede and
several Cape buffalos collided into it. No one knew at first what had triggered the
stampede. It was later that a second video emerged showing
that a lion pride was actually chasing the buffalos. The herd was most likely heading to a water
hole nearby, when they encountered the lions. Fortunately, the vehicle’s occupants emerged
unscathed from the collision and only the car was damaged. The story would have undoubtedly taken a tragic
turn if the park’s visitors would’ve been caught outside their cars. Before we get to our next listing about a
hunter who was killed by the very buffalo he was tracking, let’s look at the many
ways in which a Cape buffalo can kill you. How Will It Kill You? Since Cape buffalos are known to basically
ragdoll full-grown lions, it’s not hard to imagine the amount of damage they can inflict
on us. They’re not only incredibly strong but also
notoriously resilient. There’ve been reports of buffalos that kept
going a few hundred feet after being shot clean through the heart. They can charge their targets at nearly 35
miles per hour so outrunning them isn’t really an option. You’d essentially be dealing with well-over
1,000 pounds of muscle coming at you bone-shield-first. If the initial impact somehow doesn’t kill
you, the buffalo might gore you on the ground or launch you in the air. The horns can cause mortal damage to bones
and internal organs. That being said, buffalos don’t even need
to use their horns and may choose to trample you to death. Under their hooves, you’d essentially be
turned into a mangled mass of broken bones and torn tissue. All this type of damage can be delivered by
a single individual, but you’d likely have to deal with others in the herd. Cape buffalos are well-known for their altruism
and will respond to the distress call of a herd member. They stick together, with calves gathered
in the middle, and mob predators, trampling them or stabbing them with their horns. There’ve been a number of incidents in which
they’ve killed lions or chased them up trees and kept them there for hours. When dealing with a herd of the massive beasts,
there’s also the danger of getting caught in a stampede, which can end your life rather
swiftly. By reputation, the Cape buffalo is one of
Africa’s most terrifying animals. According to some estimates, they trample,
gore and kill more than two hundred people every year. They’re known to locals as “The Black
Death” or “The Widow-Maker”. Number 2 Owain Lewis
67-year-old Owain Lewis was an experienced hunter who tracked a Cape buffalo for three
days, only to be killed by it. The incident took place at a private game
reserve in Zimbabwe. The beast had been shot and injured by an
American hunter that Lewis had been escorting. Lewis, assisted by an apprentice hunter, was
tracking the beast in order to finish it off. After three days, the man felt he was getting
close. Then, suddenly, the Cape buffalo charged him
from the undergrowth. Lewis’ apprentice couldn’t get a clear
shot because his body was in the way. The beast had caught Lewis completely off
guard. It launched him in the air and he fell hard,
breaking his neck in the impact. The hunter died instantly, but his apprentice
eventually managed to deliver a kill shot on the buffalo. This had likely spared him from becoming the
beast’s next victim. The owner of Chifuti Safaris, the company
that Lewis worked for, claimed to have received numerous messages of support from people who’d
hunted with him. Up next, a trophy hunter gets his femoral
artery severed by a buffalo but, before we get to that, let’s see how you can survive
an attack. How to Survive? Unfortunately, there isn’t much an unarmed
person can do against a cape buffalo once it decides they’re a threat. They don’t mock charge and attack without
warning so there’s really no way to prepare. The best approach is to avoid them all-together. This means travelling with an armed and qualified
guide or watching them from a distance in a Jeep safari. If you do opt for the latter, maintaining
a safe distance is still paramount, since Cape buffalos won’t shy away from charging
vehicles. If you’re on foot and you see that a Cape
buffalo has started sprinting towards you, there are still some survival options at your
disposal. Take advantage of any head start and run as
fast as you can towards higher ground. This is not the type of animal that will give
up on an attack if you decide to face it. You can use obstacles in the environment,
such as trees or large rocks, to break its charge. Climbing a tall tree might save your life
since fighting the buffalo with your bare hands isn’t really an option. Number 1 Claude Kleynhans
Professional hunter Claude Kleynhans was killed by a Cape buffalo in the Limpopo province
of South Africa. The man, who ran a hunting safari, was on
a trip with several clients. On its website, Guwela Safari also had trophy
tariffs for giraffe, hyena, zebra and elephant. Prior to the attack, Kleynhans and his party
had shot and killed a buffalo on the bank of the Levubu River. As they were loading the carcass onto a vehicle,
a second buffalo from the herd charged the 54-year-old hunter. The animal gored him and severed his femoral
artery, killing him almost instantly. As news outlets picked up on the story, Kleynhans
was described as “one of the country’s finest ethical hunters” and claimed that
his interests extended towards conservation as well. In the aftermath of the fatal attack, a number
of users online posted comments on Kleynhans social media. Some of their reactions suggested that the
hunter had gotten what he deserved and that his death was the result of karma at work. Thanks for watching! Would you rather get attacked by a cape buffalo
OR stub your toes on furniture, at least once a day, for the rest of your life? Let us know in the comments section below!

100 thoughts to “When Cape Buffalo Attack”

  1. Would you rather get attacked by a cape buffalo OR stub your toes on furniture, at least once a day, for the rest of your life?

  2. Hunters deserve everything nature gives back. Leave these poor animals alone. Be a man and fight it, no guns allowed. Weak minded idiots. Unless ur family is starving to death, NO HUNTING. Karma is a bitch. And then when the killers get hurt or killed, then they shoot these poor creatures for defending themselves or their babies!? Sickening. Hunters all should be ashamed of themselves. Only pity I have is for the anti poaching warden that got attacked. Now HE is brave. Glad he lived. Everyone that dies in the bull run, I agree with whoever said GOOD!! Torture, scare, gore, darts, stab them, start a stampede, and if u survive, ur something special! ? How about men being plain cruel and stupid. Need an ego boost? Get a hooker. Geez. I'm absolutely fascinated by the precious animals u put on ur channel. Can't and won't tolerate the hunting and torture. Leave nature alone. This will definitely ruin our children's future's environment. I'm sick. Ugh.

  3. Cape buff are cranky. They can kill a lion, so humans don't stand a chance. I have great respect for these formidable beasts!💕🐃💕

  4. Whoo hooo go buffalo kill the trophy hunters. My vote is to do when Komodo dragons attack that many others have already suggested

  5. I seen bison, Asian water buffalo, and wildebeest in a video specifically about cape buffalos 🐃. Why? Might as well have shown Buffalo NY, buffalo bills, and buffalo chicken wings while you're at it. It would have made as much sense.

  6. Great video! But you keep showing images of American Bison interlaced with Cape Buffalo. They are two separate species!

  7. I really appreciate that you fixed the narration. You listened and fixed it and made these videos perfect and totally enjoyable. Keep up the great work. Will you do a video on how Everest and K2 will kill you?

    Ooooh- or do all the 8000 meter peaks in one video, followed by individual videos!

  8. Could you do a list of the scariest cryptids? Like J'ba Fofi from Africa, the Kentucky Hellhound, The Goatman, and ect.

  9. I love the explanations and information he gives in the videos. We don'T have them cape buffalo where I live, how was I to know what it was? Thank u so much

  10. Cape Buffalo are also infamous for frequently stopping suddenly and making a J shaped turn, so that they can watch their back trail and ambush anyone they observe following them: This makes them insanely dangerous to stalk.

  11. Buffalo are more brawn than brain. In mealtime face-offs with lions, the wily lions usually win.

    Trophy hunters and poachers deserve to be killed.

  12. Junko Furuta: 16- year old Japanese girl who was raped and torture for 44 days until her body was place in a drum filled of cemete. There is another story about a Hong Kong man murdered a woman and place her kid in a Hello Kitty doll. Another story about a Chinese guy in Canada beheaded and cannibalizes a Canadian guy in a Greyhound bus.

  13. Hunting… What a joke you are a straight up murderer. You deserve to die, you only cause pain and suffering. These "beasts" are animals just like us, they protect their young and understand each others pain.

  14. I've always been fascinated by cape buffalo. I once saw a video on World's Dumbest that showed a bunch of children approaching some buffalo with one of the adults taking the video. Of course, one of the buffalo turned and chased one of the children, who ran around something (I don't remember what). Nothing tragic happened but all I could think was, damn, what a bunch of stupid grownups.

  15. What's with the inaccurate illustrations /animations of the aminal displaying 2 sets of horns?!?, and why would you flash a video of the American Buffalo??….

  16. What an imbecile, really think a Cape Buffalo can be taken down with arrow/bolt?? This narrator speaks like each attack was vicious, violent or aggresive. Really? Think they are just protecting thdmselves? Why did you keep inserting photos of American Bison?

  17. what i dont know why does bisons get minimized by quantity.i hope this finish this is not good.she need breeding.and government protection.

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