This is the incredible moment a brave antelope tried to shake off a hungry lioness – by trying to launch her into the air.
The beast became the lion’s prime target for dinner, after it ran directly into a hungry pride at the MalaMala game reserve, in South Africa.
When the young lioness finally caught up with the panicking bull, he clearly wasn’t about to give up without a fight – and tried to launch the lion through the air after putting in an almighty buck.
But despite getting rid of one lion, the young kudu, a type of antelope, was soon surrounded by a huge group of ravenous lions – and before long was on the menu.
The pursuit is on: The brave kudu tried to escape the hungry lioness – but it was not to be, and the creature finally succumbed to the herd
The plucky beast became the lion’s prime target for dinner after being flushed out by other lions – causing it to run straight towards the pride
Right behind: The young lioness finally catches up with the panicking bull, but he clearly wasn’t about to give up without a fight
Get off! The kudu tried to launch the lion through the air after putting in an almighty buck – but sadly it was not enough to save his life
Wildlife photographer Gary Hill captured the incredible sequence on camera, while taking pictures at the reserve.
Gary said: ‘We were watching a pride of nineteen lions resting on the open banks of the Sand River.
‘Two lionesses left the scene and we lost sight of them heading up the steep river bank.
‘Their intentions were soon revealed when three large kudu bulls where flushed out of the bush some distance upstream.
‘In the panic, one of the bulls selected the wrong escape route. At full speed, he galloped unknowingly toward where the rest of the pride were laying in ambush.
‘We could see the beast steaming in from at least three hundred metres away and had plenty of time to get the cameras ready.’
Dinner is served: The kudu’s death is sad, but it also provides a meal for a whole troop of lions, ensuring a feed for the whole family
Wildlife photographer Gary Hill captured the incredible sequence on camera while taking pictures at the MalaMala game reserve, in South Africa
But in nature, brute strength and size goes a long way, and when the elephants saw the lions, they soon scared them off
‘The suspense was immense as we anticipated what might unfold. When the bull came among the lions, he veered toward the water in an attempt to get away.
‘One lioness was onto him and the antelope had no chance.
‘She readied herself for the leap, and in one swift motion she was upon the kudu’s rear. He tried to fight her off but before long, the kudu collapsed.
‘The pride swarmed around the carcass. With this many lions present, the feeding was over after a mere half hour.
‘Interestingly it was a sub-adult from the pride that executed the takedown which was an impressive feat for a youngster.
‘At one stage, a small breeding herd of elephants came by. At first it looked as though they would pass without a fuss but without warning some of the members of the herd charged at the lions.
‘This was enough to scatter the lions in every direction. Some young cubs struggled to get away as they treaded in water up to their bellies but eventually they managed to get out of harm’s way.’