Male lion attacked lone adult buffalo and died
- Desperate male lion attacked lone adult buffalo after being cast out of pride in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
- Tense fight left both animals exhausted and smeared with blood, with the lion dying of its wounds two days later
- Dramatic pictures were taken by Matt Armstrong-Ford, of Eastbourne, who works as a safari guide in the region
Dramatic images capture the lion savagely biting and clawing at the buffalo’s mouth, the big cat’s face smeared with blood from where he’s been gored by his heavier and larger opponent’s horns.
A male lion is flung into the air after attacking a lone female buffalo in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia
The hungry six-year-old lion was suffering from mange, a type of skin disease, and had become detached from his pride
Bloody battle: Dramatic images capture the lion biting and clawing at the buffalo’s mouth, the big cat’s face smeared with blood and dust.
Exhausted: Both battle-worn animals appear to have little energy left after fighting for an hour in the national park in Zambia.
Clinging on: The lion digs his claws into the buffalo’s face as he attempts to pull the animal downwards to deliver a killer bite
Final attack: The lion sinks his teeth into the buffalo’s mouth – but the attack is not enough to bring down the much larger animal.
Battle for survival: The incredible pictures were taken by Matt Armstrong-Ford, 25, an amateur photographer from Eastbourne.
Beaten: Caked in blood from where he has been gored by the buffalo’s horns, the male lion lies beaten on the dusty ground.
Fatal wounds: Both animals died as a result of the clash. The lion succumbed to injuries two days later while the buffalo later died of infection.
Nothing left to give: The majestic badly-wounded animal died two days after the battle in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.