According to rangers at South Africa
's MalaMala Game Reserve, a "brave little crab
" piqued the interest of a pride
According to video posted Tuesday, the scrappy crustacean raised its pincers to one of the big cats
and appeared to keep its cool as the gang surrounded it.
“The lions were taken aback by the appearance of possibly something they had never seen before,” wrote rangers and videographers Ruggiero Barreto and Robyn Sewell.
Before long, a swarm of predators had swarmed over to get a better look at the fearless creature.
According to the rangers, the standoff ended when the crab crawled back down its hole
in the river bank.
“Not many bookmakers would have given the crab good odds of making it across the river past a pride of lions, but this little fella was up for it,” they explained.