Dramatic moment pack of hyenas go head to head with two lions in a vicious fight over prey


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By Hannah Crouch

A PHOTOGRAPHER captured one of the oldest rivalries in the animal kingdom as a pair of lions went head to head with a pack of hungry hyenas.

Snapped in the heart of the Masai Mara, south Kenya, the pictures give an insight into the day-to-day battles between Africa’s most deadly predators.

A German photographer has mangaged to capture the dramatic moment a pack of hyenas to head-to-head with two lions
Ingo Gerlach was alerted to the fight when he heard roars in the heart of the Masai Mara in South Kenya

A German photographer has mangaged to capture the dramatic moment a pack of hyenas to head-to-head with two lions

German photographer Ingo Gerlach took the powerful images while on safari in the iconic game reserve in August 2015. He witnessed first hand the good and bad side of nature.

While travelling through the park, the experienced photographer was alerted to the sound of roars and growls.

The lions chase the hungry hyenas

He said: “I could hear roaring from afar but I didn’t know the reason for the noise. After crossing a small hill with my off road-vehicle I found the source of all the noise.

“I noticed a dead zebra with two lions standing by it surrounded by numerous howling and shrieking hyenas.”

The hyenas originally were hoping to steal a zebra

 

The hyenas manged to make off with a gazelle following the fight

After picking up the scent of the zebra, the hyenassurrounded the lions hoping to use their considerable numbers to intimidate them away from the kill.

But despite their numerical advantage the hyenas struggled to steal the kill away from the pair of lions.

Ingo said: “The lioness and a hyena were in front of my vehicle. The lioness’ facial expression was completely indifferent to the hyenas’ attack. However you could see the fear and horror on the face of the hyena.”


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