By Jamie Smith

The hunter became the hunted when these brave buffalo chased away a lioness.

The herd of buffalo were grazing in the Masai Mara, Kenya when the lioness crept up on them preparing to strike.

But the roles were dramatically reversed when the buffalo spotted the threat and chased the lioness away as the rest of her pride, including her cubs, watched helplessly on.

Pic by Nistar PS/Caters News 

The brave buffalo eventually cornered the lioness forcing her into a stream before walking away victorious.

The remarkable moment was caught on camera by wildlife photographer, Nistar PS.

The 47-year-old, originally from India but now living in Dubai, said it was extremely rare to see such an extraordinary altercation.

He added: “The full lion pride was on our side of the stream watching these scenes helplessly.

Pic by Nistar PS/Caters News 

“The lioness was sad as it was chased away from its babies and that feeling can be seen on its face throughout the chase.

“We could also see the reason why buffalo are included in the ‘big five’ and this episode shows how strong they are.

“This is a rare sight of counter attack and personally I started respecting these huge herbivores. They show unity is strength.

“If we stick together, we can achieve anything in this world.”

Pic by Nistar PS/Caters News