Lioness eats a Pangolin or whatever it's called

If I shake it enough do lollies fall out?
When you're a hungry lion, most animals probably seem like a good bet at snack time. After all, the smaller they are, the tastier they are to eat right?

This lioness certainly bit off more than she could chew when she pounced on a pangolin. British wildlife guide Mark Sheridan-Johnson captured on film this inquisitive big cat which spent a long time trying to devour the odd looking creature in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

The rare, armour plated ant eating pangolin has the perfect defence tactic: roll up into a ball and stay there - whatever happens. Thus the images show how the hapless lioness appeared confused by its shielded spherical prey, as it batted the creature about with its paws and even tried to carry it around in its mouth. 

Pangolins are nocturnal animals and according to, this one was probably peacefully sheltering in bushes before being smelt out by the two-year-old lion.

The pangolin's shell is made of an organic bony structure called keratin and makes up to around twenty percent of the animal's body weight.

Some facts about the Pangolin: It's basically an anteater.
  • A pangolin is a very rare mammal of tropical Africa
  • Pangolins are shy and mainly solitary creatures
  • Pangolin are well-armoured with large, hardened, equally-spaced overlapping scales, making them look like a pine cone
  • Pangolin know how to protect themselves very well when threatened, by rolling into a ball and erecting their scales pointing upward, forming a shield around themselves.
  • The creatures eat smaller bugs like ants and termites. The use their sensitive tongues, which can grow up to 16 inches long, to probe into ant nests and termite mounds to eat the insects inside
  • Animals attempting to eat the pangolin may cut themselves on their shield