Notice how buffaloes instinctively hate lions and how wary the lions are of these much larger animals - one which tossed that lion into the air so effortlessly.
This is a truly astounding battle of wits and how the herd finally overcame their fear and rescued the calf, with the added earlier complication of a crocodile turning up for its dinner! And wasn't it remarkable - the tug-o-war between lions and the crocodile? The thought occurred that a lion could easily have been a target. Miraculously, it looks at the end as if the calf did survive and let's hope it did not sustain major injury after all that rough treatment.
I can't help feeling that if the leading male buffalo had stood his ground, supported by the herd, right at the start then the lions might have backed off - but who knows?
And then a thought came into my head - has it always been like this? Violent, cuel nature where animals eat each other? . . . . and what about the future?
In the Bible in Isaiah chapter 65 we read that in the future ". . . . the lion shall eat straw with the ox" implying that peace will break out within creation. Those who take the Bible literally believe this situation will come to pass in a new time period in the future, just after the Second Coming. In this new "dispensation" (or time period) the Fall will be reversed, totally - the Fall itself having caused our present state of things within creation, before which a similar peace prevailed.
Just imagine a mother enquiring of her husband as to the whereabouts of their little boy. "Darling, have you seen David? Where is he?"
"Oh it's alright, love, he's just taken the lion for a walk!"
"Oh, that's alright then!"
The Bible promises that this future age, or time period, will be just like this - it seems utterly impossible for us to comprehend it right now, and course the whole subject is hotly debated in our age.
But this new future dispensation certainly is not for now - we live in our current dispensation when nature is very cruel indeed.
Pie in the sky? Surely this idea goes against everything we have learned and know in our experience!
Well . . . maybe not! . . . . I wonder!
But remember even if this is true, if you get your dispensations wrong right here and now it can be very dangerous for your health!!