Young elephant bravely battles 14 lions

Credit: Norman Carr Safaris/YouTube

A young elephant fights off an astounding 14 lions in this remarkable video from a safari lodge in Zambia.

In the video, the elephant - named 'Hercules' by staff at the Norman Carr Safari lodge - is shown separate from his herd and surrounded by a pride of hungry, marauding, lionesses.

Outnumbered and with no apparent hope, Hercules fends off the attack by darting into the river to discourage the big cats.

(Video: YouTube/Norman Carr Safaris)

According to the Norman Carr Safaris website, the youngster emerges unscathed from the fray.

Innocent, one of the witnesses said and a staff member at the Chinzombo Camp in Zambia : "In the many years I have been a safari guide in Zambia at the South Luangwa, never have I seen anything like this,

"We were all so worried the elephant would be killed right before us. What a fighter. It fought off all 14 lions. Incredible."

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