Three-Legged Lion and Brother Break Record with Swim Across Crocodile-Infested River

Three-Legged Lion and Brother Break Record with Swim Across Crocodile-Infested River

Two lion brothers, Jacob and Tibu, have made a record-breaking swim across the crocodile- and hippo-infested Kazinga Channel in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. The nearly mile-long swim is the longest documented by lions and was captured using high-definition thermal cameras by a research team led by Griffith University in Australia and Northern Arizona University. The lions are believed to have undertaken the dangerous journey in search of females after losing territorial battles to other male lions.

Jacob, a 10-year-old lion known for his resilience, has survived numerous life-threatening incidents, including being gored by a buffalo and escaping a poacher's snare. The lion population in the park has nearly halved in the past five years, highlighting the challenges faced by the species in human-dominated environments. The study, published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, underscores the lengths to which these animals will go to survive and reproduce in increasingly perilous conditions.

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