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The toughest beef in the world! Buffalo manages to fight off an entire pride of lions in front of astonished safari tourists

Gathering: More cars start to approach the fight as it moves onto the dirt road. Another lion tries to grab the buffalo's hind legs

  • Eleven lions and a dozen safari vehicles filled with tourists surrounded the buffalo in Tanzania
  • Photographer Scott MacLeod first captured the pride as they used the shade provided by their vehicles 
  • Attack lasts for 20 minutes with the lions trying to wrestle the buffalo to the floor, but it manages to escape 

Terrified tourists watched helplessly as a pride of deadly lions pounced on a buffalo. But during the vicious attack, the animal miraculously managed to escape. 

Eleven lions targeted and attacked the buffalo in Tanzania, while 12 safari vehicles full of astonished passengers surrounded them.

Despite a relentless attempt by the predators to wrestle it to the ground, the buffalo was somehow able to break free from their grasps. 

Photographer Scott MacLeod first spotted the pride while they used the shade of the 4x4s as protection from the heat. However, the group were soon on the move when they caught sight of the herd.

Describing the start of the attack, Mr MacLeod said: 'The lions roused themselves and moved on towards a herd of buffalo in the distance. Two of the strongest females padded stealthily towards their prey as a third lion circled around behind.

'The other lions waited, and watched. After a 20-minute standoff, the largest buffalo made a run for it and was soon caught'.

Following the pride: Lions in Tanzania spot a herd of buffalo in the distance and start walking in their direction. A safari vehicle is stationary as the predators walk past

Following the pride: Lions in Tanzania spot a herd of buffalo in the distance and start walking in their direction. A safari vehicle is stationary as the predators walk past

Close encounter: Photographer Scott MacLeod captured the pack as they used the shade of the 4x4s during the hottest part of the day

Close encounter: Photographer Scott MacLeod captured the pack as they used the shade of the 4x4s during the hottest part of the day

In their sights: Two female lions stealthily walk in the long grass towards the herd of buffalo. A third circles closely behind them

In their sights: Two female lions stealthily walk in the long grass towards the herd of buffalo. A third circles closely behind them

Surrounded: The group of animals start chasing the buffalo as it begins its desperate struggle to get away

Surrounded: The group of animals start chasing the buffalo as it begins its desperate struggle to get away

Attack: The lions begin to maul the helpless animal while it continues its attempt to break free from their grasp

Attack: The lions begin to maul the helpless animal while it continues its attempt to break free from their grasp

Relentless: One of the lions uses its mouth to grab hold of the helpless animal's tail as they try and wrestle it to the ground

Relentless: One of the lions uses its mouth to grab hold of the helpless animal's tail as they try and wrestle it to the ground

Grapple: One of the females takes the lead in the effort to bring the animal down, digging its claws into the buffalo's skin

Grapple: One of the females takes the lead in the effort to bring the animal down, digging its claws into the buffalo's skin

Crowd: Two safari vehicles approach the scene of the attack as the buffalo tries to find an escape route. Two lions sit in the grass ready to pounce

Crowd: Two safari vehicles approach the scene of the attack as the buffalo tries to find an escape route. Two lions sit in the grass ready to pounce

Gathering: More vehicles start to approach the fight as it moves onto a dirt road. Another lion joins in and tries to grab the buffalo's hind legs

Gathering: More vehicles start to approach the fight as it moves onto a dirt road. Another lion joins in and tries to grab the buffalo's hind legs

Onlookers: A dozen vehicles end up encircling the vicious scrap. The buffalo is still surrounded by seven lions with three holding on to its legs and back

Onlookers: A dozen vehicles end up encircling the vicious scrap. The buffalo is still surrounded by seven lions with three holding on to its legs and back

Dying down: The vehicles create an arena as the fight continues. But the buffalo appears to be struggling less as some of the lions wait in the grass

Dying down: The vehicles create an arena as the fight continues. But the buffalo appears to be struggling less as some of the lions wait in the grass

Safe: The attack appears to be over as the lion, standing on its own, looks away from the buffalo. Astonished tourists continue to take pictures of the scene

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Comment by Greg Bjorg on November 19, 2019 at 3:07pm

What a show. It's so brutal. Safari is brutal itself actually. Once I happened to go for safari hunt and it was very dangerous. Especially during nights. Even though I had the best NV and thermal equipment from https://www.agmglobalvision.com/ facing lions, gators, buffalos was pretty unexpected and therefore extremely dangerous.

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on May 11, 2014 at 1:13am
The lionesses should of attack the tourists.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 10, 2014 at 1:08am

lmao, the male lions sit back and was puffing a fat one, they send the lioness out to do their dirty work.

Comment by ORAL on May 9, 2014 at 11:21pm

THEY COULD NOT DO ANYTHING WHEN THOSE ANIMAL ARE IN ATTACK MODE YOU CAN ONLY SHOOT THEM

Comment by Charley Angles on May 9, 2014 at 10:23pm
Yes he did!
Comment by mr1stroke on May 9, 2014 at 11:29am

with all those vehicles they couldnt do anything scare of the lions 

Comment by Baseman1974 on May 9, 2014 at 2:15am
Big woman, dats hw God made it.sounds familiar, lolzzz
Comment by Big Woman on May 9, 2014 at 1:36am
Yep, the females do most of the work, sound familiar?!
Comment by kingsley tyndall on May 8, 2014 at 10:41pm
The females Lions do the hunting.
Comment by Charlotte Virtual3DArchitect on May 8, 2014 at 10:13pm

What shocks me even more is to seeing none of them Lions but Lionesses.. SMH 

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