These dramatic images show a young lion fighting for his life after a two-hour battle with an older male. In the incredible series of pictures, the bloodied lion bares his teeth and raises its claws in an attempt to take on the older male in Cheetah Plains, South Africa.
A male lion stands on his back legs and shows his teeth during a vicious fight in Cheetah Plains, South Africa
The younger male, determined to put up a good fight, stands his ground and roars at his opponent
The younger male, who is covered in blood and has numerous deep wounds to his chest, launches at the older lion.
Despite inflicting a series of deep wounds, the older male is unrelenting – and the newcomer appears to be moments from defeat. But just as the youngster prepares for one last stand, two females swoop in and come to his rescue.
Two females arrive but keep their distance just as the older male, right lands a heavy blow on his young opponent
The females from the young lion’s pride begin to circle the fighting pair who continue to take swipes at one another
The females edge closer to the action, and growl at the wrestling males
The young male, looking tired and on the edge of defeat, cowers at his opponent stands tall
One of the females strikes out at the older male, while the other appears to be moments from pouncing
Pick on someone your own size! The three lions outnumber the older male and roar at him in unison
The young male is part of a pride of two adult females, two sub-adult females and another sub-adult male. The lone male had been mating with the two older females, but the area is surrounded by other male coalitions – some six-strong – who could easily sweep him aside.
The trio force the male to stand down, although tensions still seem to be high
In a less frantic photo, the male looks at his young opponent as if to see if he is ok
The older lion eventually walks off to a nearby watering hole and takes a drink after his fight.
ONE DAY LATTER 😀
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