By Ellie Duncombe
This is the incredible moment a wildebeest fights off ravenous lions by hooking its horn into one of the predator’s hind legs.
As Hannes Joubert visited the Ngotso Dam in Kruger National Park, South Africa, on April 26, he spotted a wildebeest taking a dust bath.
Unfortunately for the wildebeest, it had also been spotted by two hungry female lions who took the opportunity to pounce on their potential prey.
Quickly it appeared the wildebeest was doomed as the lions crawled all over the unlucky meal, until it swiftly rose from the presumed dead.
Driving a curled horn into one of the lion’s back legs, the wildebeest thrashes its powerful head around with the stricken animal attached before throwing it to the ground.
Hannes, from Polokwane, South Africa, said: “I had mixed emotions about the whole ordeal but was happy the wildebeest got away as lions cannot always win.
“This sighting is very scarce as lions usually kill wildebeest when they catch up to them.
“We were unbelievably fortunate enough to have seen a wildebeest kill earlier that same afternoon.
“After waiting for an hour, the wildebeest took a dust bath, and this is when all hell broke loose.
“Quickly the females were on the wildebeest and took it down.
“The wildebeest fought back and managed to hook one of its horns into the leg of one of the lionesses.
“This must have been extremely painful for the lion, as it was for quite a few moments that she was hooked onto the wildebeest.
“At some point it seemed the lions gave up cause this wildebeest kept walking away until it took a dust bath.”