In unbelievably clear footage, the witnesses got a close-up look at how lions hunt in the wild.
Directly in front of their safari vehicle in the Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa, one of the lionesses keeps her teeth gripped into the kudu’s neck until it is killed.
Whispering to a woman on board the car, the man behind the camera can be heard saying: “Jesus, man.
“He’s dying, he’s almost gone.
Three lionesses then circle the kudu, waiting until it has died before sinking their teeth in.
The clip has racked up more than 300,000 views from amazed nature fans after it recently resurfaced on Reddit.
Alongside the detailed footage, the cameraman wrote: “We were tracking these lionesses for approximately five minutes when this happened.
“It was a very emotional thing to watch but showed the reality of nature.”
One viewer wrote: “It’s interesting, it seems the lions intend to kill their prey and make sure it’s dead before they really tear into it.”
Anther agreed, commenting: “These lions are probably the ‘kindest’ killers I’ve seen.
“Especially when compared to wild dogs and other animals who pull out their prey’s stomach before they’re even dead.”
Spectators watched in horror as the elephant picked up anything in its path and tossed it across the road
But many questioned whether the safari vehicle should have been so close to the dangerous big cats.
It’s not the first time humans have been up close and personal with massive beasts.
Earlier this year incredible footage emerged of a pride of lions taking down an enormous buffalo only metres from a group of shocked tourists.
While a glamorous TV presenter attempting to tell viewers about the dangers of wild animals was recently taken out by a huge brown bear in a shocking clip broadcast live.