Lion Cub arrives trampled within a few centimeters of death by a furious buffalo in South Africa
Saved by a whisker: Lion Cub comes trampled within a few centimeters of death by a furious buffalo in South Africa
- Nature photographer Johan Adolf Smalman captured scene in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa
- The large male bull approached a group of lions that were partying on a buffalo that they had previously killed by a riverbank
- While the African Cape buffalo attacks a tiny lion cub that wanders for pride, it seems trampled
A lucky lion cub is seen as one of its nine lives used up after escaping from the trampling hooves and horns of an attacking buffalo with just a few centimeters while the rest of the pride watches.
Nature photographer and guide Johan Adolf Smalman captured this incredible scene on camera in Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Smalman said the large male bull was approaching a group of lions that were partying on a buffalo they had previously killed by a riverbank.
A small lion cub is threatened by a huge Cape buffalo crawling after it and preparing to attack the lion flock in Skukuza in Kruger National Park, South Africa
The clueless cub starts to move as he feels the giant giant animal behind him, who can crush him at any time
African Cape buffalo are the largest on the continent and can weigh almost a ton, armed with horns that can reach five feet.
The massive mammals are known to be bad-tempered and can easily throw an adult lion in the air or trample one on foot.
And as these incredible pictures show, this buffalo chose a much smaller target in the form of a small lion cub that seemed to be doomed to tramp.
The massive mammals are known to be bad-tempered and can easily throw an adult lion in the air or trample one on foot – here the lion cub is hidden by the head of the buffalo (left) and can be seen on its feet ( right)
Photographer Johan Adolf Smalman said the large male bull was approaching a group of lions feasting on a buffalo that they had previously killed by a riverbank
Spread out, the cub tries to balance itself after the incident. It is not known whether the buffalo was deliberately aimed at the cub or whether it was at the wrong place at the wrong time
Mr. Smalman said: & # 39; When I took the photos, I saw the cub running and it really looked like the buffalo had received it.
Nature photographer Johan Adolf Smalman captured the action from a river bank at a height of 100 meters
& # 39; The cub was actually under his feet, but unbelievably did not get hurt, he just turned to the right and managed to escape.
& # 39; He has probably used all his nine lives to get that little cub out of that situation. & # 39;
The lion cub then returned to his mother to nest after his ordeal.
African Cape buffalo are known to kill lions when threatened, but they usually try this in a group that & # 39; mobt & # 39; – in this case the animal seemed to be evicted by the lions feasting on another Buffalo.
Mr. Smalman said he and his guests were about 100 feet above the action that unfolded on a riverbank.
He used a Canon 750D, with a Canon 100-400 mm lens.
Mr. Smalman, from South Africa, was a field guide in the Greater Kruger for 10 years before he started his own Korhaan Private Transfer company that brings guests to the Kruger.
These great photos were taken on October 27.
The little lion cub (left) who unbelievably escaped a massive Cape buffalo that gave pride in Skukuza in Kruger National Park in South Africa, is reunited with his mother, not surprised
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