A lone buffalo had strayed from its herd to have a drink from a nearby river and was quickly surrounded by a pride of salivating lions
A fearless buffalo was surrounded by a pride of SEVEN lions in a dramatic life or death battle.
Somehow the bull won the bloody battle against the hungry lions after an epic hour-long struggle in the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.
On the hunt for a morning snack, the beasts clashed after the lions spotted the lone buffalo had strayed from its herd to have a drink from a nearby river.
Sensing an opportunity for an easy kill, one of the more experienced predators pounced on the 1,000 pound buffalo in an attempt to wrestle it to the ground.
With a pack of ravenous lions in tow, the two big beasts fought for almost an hour in a gory battle of endurance.
But despite inflicting a number of gory wounds, the lioness was unable to bring the creature down, showing her inexperience in closing the kill.
After standing its ground for almost an hour, the defiant buffalo managed to shrug off the aggressing lioness, rally support from its herd and make a break for it through the bushes.
Hearing its moans from across the plains, the leader of the herd rushed to the buffalo's rescue causing the lions to retreat with their tails between their legs.
The incredible scenes were caught on camera by photographer Bessie Flewwelling, 46, who was on safari with her husband, Peter Flewwelling, 65, a fisheries management advisor to developing countries.
She said: "The attack came so fast, it was fascinating and riveting, but also horrific and scary as we were so close – less than 10 metres away from the scrap I believe.
"I was scared for the buffalo at first as it looked as if he was a goner and we didn't want to see him die slowly.