Lucky lion watches on from a safer distance. Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

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 lion is trapped between the marsh and the herd of buffalo as they prepare to charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

The incredible images show the lion trapped between the marsh and the deadly herd of sharp-horned buffalo.

The lion is trapped between the marsh and the herd of buffalo as they prepare to charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

In vain, he tried to hide, but the buffalo realised he was there, and approach to charge him.

The lion is trapped between the marsh and the herd of buffalo as they prepare to charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

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 lion is trapped between the marsh and the herd of buffalo as they prepare to charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

The amazing encounter was captured in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Eric Baccega.

The lion narrowly evades the herd of buffalo as they charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

“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.

The lion narrowly evades the herd of buffalo as they charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

“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 narrowly evades the herd of buffalo as they charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

“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.

The lion narrowly evades the herd of buffalo as they charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

“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.

The lion narrowly evades the herd of buffalo as they charge him.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

“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.”

Lucky lion watches on from a safer distance.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

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.

Buffalo spot the lion.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

Other than humans, African Cape buffaloes have few predators aside from lions and large crocodiles, and are capable of defending themselves.

Buffalo spot the lion.
Eric Baccega / NaturePL / mediadrumworld.com

 

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