Lion taken down by one-ton buffalo in a brutal HOUR-LONG fight

THIS is the moment a lion was taken down after going head to head with a buffalo in a brutal HOUR-LONG fight.

The stunning pictures shows the two huge animals face off in a truly ferocious battle, with the bloodied feline eventually toppled by its stronger counterpart.

This is the moment a lion was taken down after a spectacular battle with a buffalo

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This is the moment a lion was taken down after a spectacular battle with a buffaloCredit: Mediadrumimages/Matt Armstrong-F

The images were taken in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia by a photographer stood just 100 foot away as the predators ferociously fought.

In one image, a 420-pound lion clung onto a 1,900-pound buffalo, sinking its claws into the animal’s hide whilst being impaled by the buffalo’s horn in the process.

In another, the bloodied lion then lays on the floor in defeat as several of the herd gathered around him.

The lion decided to pick a battle with the huge buffalo

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The lion decided to pick a battle with the huge buffalo
Approaching a herd, it grabbed one of them whilst it was drinking.

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Approaching a herd, it grabbed one of them whilst it was drinking.Credit: Mediadrumimages/Matt Armstrong-F
The buffalo retaliates sharply with its "boss" horns

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The buffalo retaliates sharply with its “boss” hornsCredit: Mediadrumimages/Matt Armstrong-F

The 31-year-old photographer Matt Armstrong-Ford, described the battle as a “boxing match between two heavyweights. ”

He recollected: “When we arrived, we saw the lion with its jaws clamped around the buffalo’s muzzle.

“For the next hour or so, the two would go at each other in two to five minute intervals and in between that, they’d just stare and wait for the other to make a move.”

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“Eventually, with both animals at the point of total exhaustion, a large bull emerged from behind the bushes and put an end to the proceedings.”

The lion sank its claws into the buffalo’s hide

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The lion sank its claws into the buffalo’s hideCredit: Mediadrumimages/Matt Armstrong-F
The buffalo speared the lion with its horns during the brutal fight

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The buffalo speared the lion with its horns during the brutal fightCredit: Mediadrumimages/Matt Armstrong-F

To the amazement of onlookers the lion did not die right away and managed to successfully hunt that night.

However, he was found dead a few days later from a suspected hyena attack.

The Scotsman, who is from the Isle of Bute, added: “It was exhausting and incredibly emotional, especially as the lion was known to us.

“I don’t think anyone took a single breath throughout the encounter. It was draining emotionally and mentally.”

The lion clawed at the buffalo’s muzzle causing blood to spill down onto its face

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The lion clawed at the buffalo’s muzzle causing blood to spill down onto its faceCredit: Mediadrumimages/Matt Armstrong-F
The bloodied lion then lays on the floor in defeat as several buffalo gathered around him

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The bloodied lion then lays on the floor in defeat as several buffalo gathered around him

Male buffalos are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.

As shown in the images, their horns fuse together creating a tough shield which locals refer to as a “boss.”

Some also known as “black death” or “widow makers” as they reportedly trample or kill around 200 people a year.

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Mr Amstrong-Ford concluded: “I hope that people see the images and understand the hardships of the animal kingdom, let alone the addition of having to deal with countless other human influences.

“These images show that, nature will survive and thrive in her endless cycle of life and death if we let her.”

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View more information: https://www.the-sun.com/news/us-news/2753742/lion-killed-by-buffalo-brutal-hour-long-fight-death/

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