Originally Posted by SarahBeez
That's interesting! I had no idea they were so deadly... I was noticing how fiesty they are when one wanders to close to another while they're munching on grass
Because my father had always dreamed of going to Africa, there were always a lot of books around about African wildlife - Robert Ruark, Ernest Hemmingway, Peter Hathaway-Capstick (he was a safari guide, or bwana (white hunter) with intimate knowledge of so much African wildlife). I guess Dad passed along his fascination with that continent's wildlife.
Cape Buffalo are the best equipped herbivore to defend themselves, or just get rid of whatever is pestering them. Their hooves have razor sharp edges, their horns can hook and penetrate, the boss or flat part of the horns can be used to pulverized, and they have enough strength in their back legs that a swift kick will disable whatever it connects with (and then they use the hooves and boss to finish the job). The skin around their vital areas (neck, back, especially) where the predators usually attack can be up to 1" thick, and they are quite adept at protecting the young and feeble in a herd. It is said that when a lion or pride is desperate enough to try to bring down a full grown buffalo, it's actually a pretty even match up. And Capstick said that he's seen the remains of people who have gone up against them and lost that would fit best in a small bucket.
But gosh they are fascinating animals - especially when you know just how dangerous they can be.