Battle to the death: Buffalo and lion endure epic hour-long fight… which leaves both animals with fatal injuries Cast out by his pride, this starving lion was forced to take on a fully-grown buffalo in his desperate bid to survive. What ensued was a brutal hour-long battle leaving both animals bloodied, exhausted and with fatal wounds. 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. The feline is tossed around in the air as he attempts to mount his adversary and is finally finished off when another buffalo arrives on the scene to deliver a lethal blow.
The gut-wrenching pictures were taken by Matt Armstrong-Ford, 25, 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