Farmer chases off a LION using just a stick to defend himself as the predator attacked his cows in India
- Brave farmer went out in the middle of the night to find commotion in his barn
- On entering the yard he spots a lion take one of his calves in its ferocious jaws
- The shirtless man rushes at the beast, hurling a stick at the animal’s head
- His accurate throw caused the predator to drop the calf and flee the farm
Video captured a farmer using just a stick to defend himself as he chased off a vicious lion attacking his cows in India.
CCTV footage from outside the farmer’s home shows cattle galloping through his yard in the middle of the night as he runs out shirtless to discover the beast.
The man – known as Vadher – wields a stick behind his head as he rushes towards danger.
A tiny calf tries to run across the yard after a bigger cow but the lion catches it and grips it by the neck in its jaws.
The lion pounces onto the calf (bottom right) as the brave farmer Vadher leaves his property in the middle of the night
The farmer wields the stick behind his head tomahawk-style before throwing it after the vicious lion
The tiny calf manages to make an escape across the yard after the farmer’s throw caught the lion on the head
As the beast tries to take his calf away, Vadher hurls his stick at the lion’s head, prompting it to scarper.
The rest of the cattle, ran out of the barn looking considerably shaken by the night’s intruder.
‘The stick hit the lion on his head, he dropped the calf and jumped the boundary wall out of my house,’ said Vadher.
‘It is just five months old and very dear to my heart. I couldn’t help attacking the lion on seeing it grab the calf by its neck.
‘Lions attack our animals once every two days. There are four lions living in our village – living with big cats has become a way of life.’
Cows are seen fleeing across Vadher’s farmyard in western India where four lions live in the village
The farmer appears from his home at around 3am – he said living with the big cats had ‘become a way of life’
Vadher admitted that the act was spontaneous, but he may not have been able to react as sharply if the lion had been attacking a fully-grown cow.
Nearly all of the world’s lions live in Africa, but there are a small population of endangered Asiatic lions in western India’s Gir Forest.
It differs from its African relative with more tawny, speckled fur and a less full mane.