This stunning series of pictures shows the moment a water buffalo becomes a road-hog.
But the tourists driving through Kruger National Park in South Africa could hardly blame the poor creature, who was more concerned with the tail-gating lioness than other traffic on the road.
The convoy of cars came to a halt to watch – but the passengers then found themselves part of the action as the two beasts lumbered on to the road, oblivious to their gaze.
Battle lines: The lioness and the buffalo size each other up at the start of the attack in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Dinner time: The buffalo screams out in pain as the lioness attacks by sinking her teeth into the giant beast
The incredible fight took place near the national park’s Phelwana Bridge in mid-August, as tourists noticed a buffalo standing alone by a tree just 10m from the road.
At first the rest of the countryside seemed desolate, and then passengers began to see lion heads popping up out of the foliage a further 20m away.
It seemed the convoy had missed act one of the battle, as the buffalo seemed injured and was staggering on the spot.
Struggle: The buffalo desperately tries to shake the lioness loose, but the claws are out and dinner is served
Buckin’ bronco: The lioness keeps a firm grip on its prey
Eyewitness ‘Mgdonny’, who posted this incredible series of photos on picture-sharing site Flickr, said: ‘We sat there for about an hour and nothing happened.The buffalo then tried to lift itself up, with great difficulty, and after some time managed to get on its feet.
‘As it stood up this female lioness came walking towards it and jumped on to the buffalo’s back trying to pull it down.
‘The female lioness was injured in the back leg and looked as if it had tried to attack the buffalo previously and was injured in the process.
Break for freedom: Chaos hits the road as the buffalo stumbles on to the tarmac
Peckish for a calf: The buffalo has his leg pulled by the lioness as traffic comes to a stop
‘The buffalo started snorting and walking with the lioness on its back trying to escape.’
It came towards the roads and hit a car in the rear bumper and the lioness couldn’t hold on and jumped off.’
At this point, the tourists became uneasy as two male lions began to pad their way over.
Luckily, they were content to stay on the side of the road and watch their lady friend bring home the dinner.
Running to safety: The buffalo lurches across the road, having successfully knocked the lioness off her back
Lion’s eye view: Motorists dare to stick their head out the window for a picture – but this is one hitchhiker who won’t be getting a lift
Mgdonny continued: ‘The buffalo – still on the road – hit another car in the front bumper with its horn.
‘The two huge male lions came walking towards the road and just sat down in the distance.
‘After a some time again the female tried two more times to bring down the buffalo but with no success.’
Luckily for the buffalo – and the passengers – the buffalo proved too much for the lioness, and she padded off, leaving the buffalo free to roam another day.
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