Animals

By James Speakman


These male buffalos hit each other right in the bull’s eye in a ferocious fight over precious water reserves. 

The cape buffalos got into a vicious scrap over a watering hole during the drought at Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  

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Using their curved horns the bulls appeared to aim to gouge each other’s eyes. 

Brutal pictures of the scrap show them hitting each other just millimetres away from the centre of their eyes and cutting into the skin on their faces. 

According to photographer John Vosloo, from the Eastern Cape in South Africa, the buffalos battled to a draw after neither managed to land a killer blow. 

But he says both got off lightly as such fights can see serious injuries inflicted. 

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John, 54, said: “Buffalos often sustain injuries to their eyes and faces in such fights.

“Fortunately for them both this fight ended in a draw with no serious injury to either of the bulls. 

“I was in the Addo Elephant National Park when some tension broke out between these two buffalo bulls at a water hole. 

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“Water is at a premium due to a current drought in the area, so tensions arise and fights like these occur often. 

“I have been photographing scenes like this on-and-off for 20 years and it’s an ongoing venture.”