Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe

This is the incredible moment a buffalo targets a weak lion and even flips its whole body over its horns.

Seemingly distracted, one lone buffalo stands apart from the herd in Kruger National Park, South Africa, and stares into the ground.

Suddenly, it charges and instantly the previously camouflaged lion leaps up to try and run away before being caught.

Captured by field guide Bathabile Shakwane, the buffalo pounces and flings the predator up over its horns and over its head to the floor.

Bathabile said: “You don’t get to see something like this every day.


“Normally, it’s the predator who ends up winning, but the unfortunate lion was unable to get herself a much-needed meal.

“It’s not very common to see a lone female since lions are the only species in the cat kingdom that live in prides.

“Maybe male lions took over her pride and forced her out.

“She was clearly unable to hunt alone without any fellow members and she was starving and weak.

“Once she got up, we noticed how terribly thin and weak she was looking.

“I realised that this meal was a matter of life and death for her.

“The buffalo realised her vulnerable state and flung her up into the air like a ragdoll.

“She managed to get away unscathed, though, that lion was not going to live much longer on her own.”