Animals

By Kristiana Hall


This scaredy cat lion bit off more than he could chew when he attempted to take on a whole herd of buffalo – and was forced to turn tail.

In this epic fight, a pride of lions approached a group of buffalo defending their young.

Helen Olive / Caters News

Helen Olive / Caters News

But one of the big cats was forced to flee the battle when he realised the pride was vastly outnumbered by the beasts – as this hilarious shot shows.

Wildlife photographer Stefenie Botha, 27, came breathtakingly close to the hunt and said despite their misjudgement the lions did walk away with the prize after managing to take down two calves.

Stefenie, who is also a guide at Kruger National Park in South Africa, where the fight took place said, “It all happened so fast.

Helen Olive / Caters News

Helen Olive / Caters News

“My adrenaline was pumping.

“I was excited and could not believe what was happening.

“The whole herd of buffalo turned back and ran in the direction of the lions.

Helen Olive / Caters News

Helen Olive / Caters News

“The herd smashed through the lions and I thought the one female lion got trampled to death, but fortunately she was okay.

“Four of the lions caught a buffalo calf on the one side of the road and another female caught another calf on our side.

“The buffaloes turned back and tried to fend off the lions.

“Both the buffalo calves were saved, but the lions went back and took another 2 calves.

“After the buffalo stopped fighting back, the lions killed the calves and started eating.”

Helen Olive / Caters News