The astonishing images were captured by Ian Matheson, 52, during an early morning drive with son Oliver, 16, and two of Oliver’s friends in the Mjejane Reserve on the border of Kruger Park.
Oliver said: ‘We had seen two cubs prowling and were quite excited to see nature in action, but nothing could have prepared us for what we saw. next”.
The lions stalked their prey for more than 45 minutes before attacking with their razor-sharp teeth and claws to drag the animal down to earth.
The incredible attack came as the lion was about to devour a buffalo it had dragged to the ground before.
The lioness thinks she’s done the hard work when she and a companion hunter take down the powerful monster.
But as she was getting ready for a very filling snack, another buffalo came to the rescue and threw the five-meter giant cat into the air.
at this time the lion was thrown up many times, it felt very confused and scared before the fear of the other buffalo. it immediately quits without regretting its prey.
After witnessing the incredible attack Oliver said he and his father felt “privileged” to have witnessed such a rare occurrence.
Most amazingly of all, the animals involved all walked away without serious injury.
Although after the incident the lion’s pride has certainly taken a beating.