By Mark McConville
A HERD of buffalo on a revenge mission showed a lion who was boss in these thrilling action-shots as they cornered the hapless beast after he had killed their pal.
The incredible images show the lion trapped between the marsh and the deadly herd of sharp-horned buffalo.
In vain, he tried to hide, but the buffalo realised he was there, and approach to charge him.
The lion, knowing he is in imminent danger, suddenly leapt from the ground and fled from the buffalo that have him outnumbered and outmatched.
The amazing encounter was captured in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Eric Baccega.
“A lion and lioness had killed a buffalo which was trapped in the mud of a marsh but unfortunately I missed this episode,” he said.
“A bit later, a herd of buffalo arrived. The lioness swiftly fled but the lion was caught in a trap between the marsh and the herd.
“The lion lay down on the ground to hide himself but the buffalo scented him and approached to charge him. The lion leapt and fled to take refuge a bit further into the marsh.
“Protected by the mud of the marsh, the buffalos couldn’t reach him. We had to leave them at this point because it was the end of day, after 7pm.
“Regulations dictated that we had to return to our camp, as we had already stayed out later than we should have. The next morning we found the lion near the marsh but the herd of buffalo had disappeared.”
The African buffalo or Cape buffalo is a large African bovine. The adult buffalo’s horns are its characteristic feature; they have fused bases, forming a continuous bone shield across the top of the head referred to as a “boss”. They are widely regarded as very dangerous animals, as according to some estimates they gore and kill over 200 people every year.
Other than humans, African Cape buffaloes have few predators aside from lions and large crocodiles, and are capable of defending themselves.
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