The lion may be regarded as the king of the jungle, but that does not imply it is unbeatable. Many deadly species have bred in the African settings that these large cats call home, and many of them are eager to kill a lion in self-defense or as a territorial opportunity. In the correct situation, these eight creatures have been known to kill a lion. Lions, like other apex predators, seek the sickest and most fragile prey species, a sort of natural selection that keeps evolutionary tendencies moving forward but it’s a strategy that makes sense when you consider the giraffe’s sheer size and reach. As a result, they tower over the typical 450-pound, seven-foot-long lion. While giraffe calves are simple prey, adult giraffes pose a risk as well as a reward. Because a giraffe can kick with a force of 2,000 pounds per square inch, a single carcass can feed a pride and their hovering scavengers for quite some time. A lion who ventures too close will be decapitated. When opportunities are scarce, lions will pilfer eggs from an alligator’s nest, but adults of the species can constitute a serious threat to lions. Normally, these animals do not intervene in territorial disputes, but enormous carcasses can cause them to do so.