Everything is colorful in love and war: Lion gets a rival in a tangle while they fight against a female in Kenya
- Two male lions got into a fierce battle for a woman from another pride in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
- The men, who are probably related, bared their teeth and claws while fighting it out in a short but intense fight
- Retired scientist Steven Underwood, 60, who is now an amateur photographer, captured the epic battle
This is the dramatic moment when two male lions are fighting in a tooth-and-claw for a woman in Kenya.
The short but intense fight took place earlier this year in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Amateur photographer Steven Underwood, 60, from Massachusetts, captured the moment when one of the cats got the other in a headlock and they fought for dominance.
Steven Underwood, 60, from Massachusetts, captured these images of two related male lions who ended up in an intense fight for a woman in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya earlier this year.
Mr. Underwood said that one of the men was with a female until the second approached in a threatening position, causing a short but intense struggle in which the other seemed to get the other into a head bolt
Mr. Underwood said: & As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I am a frequent visitor to the Masai Mara in Kenya due to its unprecedented photographic potential.
& # 39; One of the male lions was with a woman of another pride. The second man approached in a threatening position and attacked the first.
& # 39; Although the two men were probably related, their competition for dominance over the women was intense. Exposed with teeth and claws, their resulting fight was short but fierce.
& # 39; It is a remarkable experience to be close to lions and other wildlife during an African safari. While photographing in Africa, I have the privilege of seeing something extraordinary from time to time.
& # 39; This amazing fight between two magnificent, powerful male lions was astonishing.
& # 39; Nothing can prepare you for the drama and cruelty of a fight between these incredible animals.
& # 39; I will never forget the madness of their exposed teeth and claws, and the crazy expression in their eyes as they threw themselves together.
& # 39; Lions are revered as kings of their domain and powerful predators. It is tragic that their population is plummeting, largely as a result of conflicts with people and loss of habitat.
& # 39; The Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya is one of the last, vulnerable areas where these beautiful cats can still roam wildly. & # 39;
The Masai Mara is home to one of the world's largest concentrations of lions, although their numbers are steadily declining. Male lions are often confronted with fierce competition to breed with a woman
Mr. Underwood, describing his experience, said: "I will never forget the madness of their exposed teeth and claws and the crazy expression in their eyes as they threw themselves together"
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