Lion brothers battle for supremacy in ferocious clash of claws


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Th show two lion brothers coming to blows with one another in a dramatic fight. Seething with anger, with mouths wide opens the siblings sent fur flying through the air. The snarling lions had fallen out about something.
The fight launched himself at his brother with claws outstretched. He swung his paw and struck his opponent with such force. Lion saliva flew from his brother’s mouth. The pair wrestled one another to the ground until one of them appeared to surrender. The fight came to an end. Photographer Corlette Wessells was lucky enough to witness and photograph the fight.
Corlette, 43, said: ‘These lions are two well-known brothers from the Southern Pride of Sabi Sabi.

The two lions came to blows after they began ferociously roaring

I do not know why they were fighting. As I arrived just before the action started. But I expect they were both trying to assert their dominance. They went full out at each other. The one male was on the ground. I cannot tell you the intensity of their voices and growls. They made and the pure force of their forelegs lashing out at one another. I have for years wanted to see two male lions fight. This day I got to see this in open area and so close to me. I could feel their anger and force in my blood. It was overwhelming. I was very emotional after all was over and also very relieved. That Lions don’t one of them got injured seriously. The fact you can see. The emotion on their faces. The brutal force they used to lash out at one another.

The fight between the two lions quickly escalated when one of the animals decided to launch himself at his brother
One of the brothers swung his paw and struck his opponent with such force, saliva flew from the other lion’s mouth
The ferocious lions are two well-known brothers from the Southern Pride of Sabi Sabi in Kruger National Park
It is fairly unusual to spot two lions fighting, as most of their battles take place in the dead of night and in thick bush
The battle continued with the lions growling and slapping one another until the one male was on the ground, almost being submissive to his brother
Despite the fierce battle not one of the lions was seriously injured seriously in the fight – besides for maybe their egos
Photographer Corlette Wessells from Johannesburg, was lucky enough to witness and photograph the fight, blow-by-blow
She descibed the ‘intensity of their voices and growls they made’, and said she could ‘see the emotion on their faces
Male lions in the Kruger Park average around 189.6 kg or 418 lb- and have head to body lengths ranging from 170 to 250cm (5 ft 7 in to 8 ft 2 in)
The Kruger lions, which are bigger than their east African counterparts, have tail lengths of 90 to 105 cm (2 ft 11 in to 3 ft 5 in)
Although photographer Corlette witnessed the fight she did not know what had caused the two huge lions to come to blows
The dramatic battle took place on open land – whereas commonly lions fight out their disagreements in the bush
After a few intense blows, the pair wrestled one another to the ground until one of them appeared to surrender and the fight came to an end

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