A lion emerges bloodied but triumphant after fighting off a mating rival in a ferocious battle to win the female.
In the ensuing fight the two male lions scrap angrily. But the spurned lion emerges victorious – if a little bloodied – and he moves his lioness on.
Lion emerges bloodied but triumphant after fighting off rival to win back his lioness
She said: ‘We’d heard there was a mating pair of lions in an area and had already searched for them once that day with no success.
The lion that looked worse off was in reality the victor in the battle even he is a lion with bloody nose. He immediately moved his lioness away
‘So we returned in the afternoon and came across a single female lioness.
But the lioness greeted them with affection.
In the ensuing fight, which was all caught on camera, the two male lions scrap angrily as the females scatter
The incredible set of images was taken by UK wildlife photographer Margot Raggett who was on safari in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya
‘Then suddenly out of no-where a male appeared from within the bushes in the direction from which she’d come, mad as hell.
‘Clearly she was trying to leave him for the other male and he was having none of it!
He ran in, the females scattered and the ensuing fight is what’s captured here.’
‘While it looks like one in particular comes off worse he in reality was the victor.
‘It was him who came in to keep his girl and it is him at the end who has kept his female.
The last few shots are of him moving her away from the male she ran to.’
The photos show a lioness trying to catch the eye of another male lion. As she attempts to abandon her current mate
The lioness’ furious partner is having none of it and comes bounding over to the group to claim his girl
The lion that looked worse off was in reality the victor in the battle
The lion that looked worse off with a bloody nose and urinating in pain was in reality the victor in the battle