By Ellie Duncombe
This crafty porcupine proved it was one prickly customer by keeping a pride of lions at bay using just his spines.
Proving it isn’t always the size of the dog in the fight, the cornered prey keeps its back to seven hungry would-be predators.
Watched by Hennie Bekker in Kruger National Park, South Africa, on January 14, the lions circled the trapped porcupine in a horse shoe formation.
Despite multiple attempts to get closer to their potential meal, the big cats are thwarted at every turn by the sharp spines in their faces.
Hennie, 36, said: “It was astounding to see how all these lions were unable to get the upper hand on the porcupine, as the porcupine cleverly kept his back towards them at all times.
“After a few minutes, the lions gave up as they realised they were not getting anywhere and the game was over.
“We were out on a night trail and heard a sound coming from seven young lions trying to corner a porcupine.
“I was very eager to see what was going on as I have spent a lot of time in the Kruger Park and rarely ever encountered a porcupine.
“To see the lions interacting with the porcupine was definitely exciting.
“The lions then moved on to drink water and walked off into the darkness and the porcupine lived to see another amazing day in Kruger.”