Predator or Prey

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Hunter becomes the hunted

 

The lion may be king of the jungle, but this  herd of buffalo certainly showed him who’s boss.

The hunter became the hunted and this  scaredy-cat was forced to run for cover when buffalo he was stalking turned  round and struck back.

He was forced to swallow his pride and sprint  away into the bush of the Kruger National  Park, South Africa, after finding himself  outnumbered by the massive bovines .

 
Tail between his legs: This lion was lucky to escape with his life after he misjudged his attack on a herd of Cape buffalo in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, and they came sprinting after him with deadly force
Tail between his legs: This lion was lucky to  escape  with his life after he misjudged his attack on a herd of Cape  buffalo in the  Kruger National Park,  South Africa, and they came sprinting after him with  deadly force

African Cape buffalo can weigh up to a ton  and have powerful fused horns so strong that they have sometimes  even been  known to stop rifle bullets.

Their herds are remarkable for their lack of  hierarchy and an apparent altruism that makes them fiercely protective of calves  and weaker members.

When chased by predators the herd sticks  close together, calves gathered in the middle, to make it hard for any one  member to be picked off.

They fight off threats, as in this instance,  by forming a mob and charging at predators with superior weight and numbers.

 
A red billed oxpecker perches on the nose of a buffalo: African Cape buffalo can weigh up to a ton and have powerful fused horns so strong that they have sometimes even been known to stop rifle bullets
A red billed oxpecker perches on the nose of a  buffalo:  African Cape buffalo can weigh up to a ton and have powerful  fused horns so  strong that they have sometimes even been known to stop  rifle bulletsBuffalo have been recorded chasing lions up a  tree and keeping them there for as long as two hours.Lion cubs unlucky enough to get in the way  can get trampled and killed.This not so cunning cat was lucky  enough to  make his escape with his tail between his legs after the  tables turned when he  tried to pounce on this herd.
 
A buffalo calf: Buffalo herds are remarkable for their lack of hierarchy and an apparent altruism that makes them fiercely protective of calves and weaker members
A buffalo calf: Buffalo herds are remarkable for their  lack of hierarchy and an apparent altruism that makes them  fiercely protective  of calves and weaker members
 
Not to be messed with: When chased by predators the herd sticks close together, calves gathered in the middle. They fight off threats by forming a mob and charging at predators with superior numbers
When chased by predators  the  herd sticks close together, calves gathered in the middle. They  fight off  threats by forming a mob and charging at predators with  superior  numbers

Photographer, Dave Woollacott, captured the  fear etched on the lions face as he frantically tried to escape the furious  buffalo.

Mr Woollacott, a project manager from  Johannesburg, was travelling with his wife, celebrating their 33rd wedding  anniversary, when he spotted the extraordinary scene.

‘It was dusk and the sky was heavy with cloud  when we started to leave the park through the Phabeni Gate,’ he said.

‘Suddenly we came across a herd of Cape  buffalo in a dry river bed.

‘We watched as lion tried to attack from the  left bank.

‘But the buffalo outnumbered him and they  chased the frightened lion away, across the river bed and into the  undergrowth.’

Attribution: Damien Gayle, Mail Online

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