The king of the jungle was left a little humiliated recently after a herd of buffalo left him with his tail between his legs.
The incredible images come straight out of Maasai Mara in Kenya and show a lion fleeing from a herd of buffalo before he scuttles up a tree to safety.
But it’s not over there. These buffalo had clearly sunk a few beers before the encounter, and seemed determined to stick around just in case the big cat fell amongst them.
The rare images were snapped by Charles Comyn, a 63-year-old ex-Army official, and his wife on their last day at the reserve in Kenya. And what a last day it turned out to be.
Together with their experienced guide, the pair had no idea what they would capture before finally heading home.
All of a sudden, literally out of nowhere, a male lion sprang out from his hiding place hightailing for a nearby tree with the buffalo now starting to give chase.
It didn’t take long before the lion had scrambled up the tree, fearing for its life. The marauding buffalo circled below, smelling the lion. They were not going to let it get away.
Fortunately for the lion, he managed to find a brief pocket of space and found himself sprinting back into the bush with, according to Mr Comyn, “a look of terror on his face”.
Very quickly the buffalo resumed their early morning grazing. It was only then that we spotted the newly born calf in the middle of the herd, which they obviously had been protecting from the lion who possibly had spotted a potential ‘light’ breakfast.