We’ve all had embarrassing moments. We'd rather forget them and we deeply wish any witnesses would forget them, too. But in a world where everyone has a camera in their pocket, the days of anonymity are gone – even for lions in the African wilderness.   

Posted to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, the clip shows a couple of lions on the hunt for some tasty impala. Things look to be going according to plan ... until one of the cats jumps the gun and forgets the golden rule of stealth: always pay attention to your surroundings. Rather than a nutritious meal, the lion's quick pounce landed it a bath in a nearby waterhole. 

The most likely explanation for the hunting faux pas is that the cat simply underestimated the depth of the pool. 

"We all were anticipating a fairly easy catch by these two hunting lions," says Kruger Sightings contributor Natasha, who filmed the clip. "But this turned out to be a hilarious fail."


Top header image: Øystein Rød Tveito, Flickr