By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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Photographed in the Serengeti, Africa, the two male lions, most likely brothers, took down a large buffalo.
Widely regarded as very dangerous, the African buffalo can weigh up to 910kg, and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.
Unfortunately this muscular individual was injured when approached by the two hungry lions, and had no chance against the duo.
Photographer Moritz Stragholz witnessed the hunt and caught it on camera in October 2016.
He said: “When we saw the buffalo my driver saw immediately that it was already injured and the lions were waiting in the shade. It looked like we just came at the right moment.
“Soon after we arrived at the site, the lions started to get behind the buffalo. One of the lions was biting into the nose and mouth so that the buffalo wasn’t able to breathe while the other lion was putting pressure onto the body.”
Usually the female lions are the hunters of the pack, whilst the males are only required for bigger prey such as buffalo, giraffe and elephants.
The German photographer said: “You could see that they weren’t as tactical as the female lions so it took a bit longer to take down the buffalo.”
Using a zoom lens, Moritz managed to capture detailed shots of the action, including the buffalo making its final attempts to escape.
He said: “The buffalo tried to run away but as it was already injured it had no chance. The lions also came from behind making it hard for the buffalo to use his horns to defend itself.
“Once the first lion got the prey down the fight was over. You could see some last attempts to kick but the power was gone.
“The whole hunt went over quite quickly and, in a strange way, was quite peaceful. However, with the strong zoom I felt like I was part of the entire action, seeing the teeth of the lions up close, as well as them eating.”