It is a common misconception that giraffes have no predators. Lions, hyenas, crocodiles, and even packs of wild dogs can bring one of the slender creatures down, but not usually without cost. A thunderous kick from a giraffe’s long legs is more than enough to keep most carnivores at bay. In this video credited to Barbara Westbrook, a mother giraffe faces down a half-dozen lions by herself to save her calf.

After some tense maneuvering, the lions decide they wanted easier prey instead.

Image screenshot of video by bigEcod on LiveLeak.

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