Bathabile Shakwane, 22-year-old field guide, explained to Latestsightings: “We were just leisurely driving down from Satara towards Skukuza on a relatively hot day. We were rewarded with lots of buffalo sightings. We stopped in at Kumana dam and happened to notice a lone lion lying in the bushes nearby a herd of buffalo.
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A single buffalo bull seemed to notice the lion lying in the bushes and decided to tread carefully towards the lion to see what she was up to!At a point, the buffalo got a bit too close for comfort and the lion got a fright and tried to flee the situation.
Once she got up, we noticed how terribly thin and weak she was looking and then I realised that this meal was a matter of life and death for her.Unfortunately, in the condition she was in there was no chance she would be able to take down a healthy buffalo of that size on her own.
The buffalo realised her vulnerable state and flung her up into the air like a ragdoll. She managed to get away from the buffalo unscathed. It was clear, though, that lion was not going to live much longer on her own and I can only imagine she would have died of hunger at the end of the day.