In what's become an almost regular occurrence in some parts of Africa, a group of zebras has been attacked by a pride of lions this morning, leaving two dead.
The attack took place in northern Tanzania where the animals tend to hang out. The zebras, minding their own business, and not being a bother to anybody, were drinking water at a well-known watering hole when the lions - or, to be accurate, 'lionesses' - struck.
The pride of lionesses - although this is precisely the kind of violent behavior that nobody could be proud of - approached the watering hole in a wide, well-rehearsed semi-circle formation, leaving no way of escape for the cute and lovable 'black-and-white-horse-cousins'.
Zebras are not the most alert of creatures, and the lionesses were amongst them even before many had had time to lick their lips. Two of the zebras were pulled to the ground and nibbled to death.
The survivors briefly considered a reprisal attack, but decided against this, and moved off to safer ground.
An African ranger tutted and shook his head, as he said:
"This sort of thing is always happening these days."