‘Lion is the king of the jungle’, we grew up on that maxim. But the pictures below seem to debunk that. The king of the jungle was left with his tail between his legs after escaping a herd of angry buffaloes by climbing a tree, reports Telegraph.
The rare pictures, captured in the Maasi Mara (Africa) show the cowardly lion fleeing danger with a terrified look on his face. Charles Comyn, a 63-year-old ex-Army official, who witnessed the incident, said:
“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. The herd had realised the lion was stalking the young buffalo and were not about to give the lion a lucky escape.”
But after a few seconds of clinging onto the tree the cowering lion began to tremble and tire and started sliding down the bark. Out of desperation the lion let out a snarl and suddenly leapt from the tree, ran quickly and disappeared into a nearby bush.
“It was a hair-tingling moment. The lion could not hang for long – one could really sense that he was almost doomed – so he had to make another attempt to flee. 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.”