Scaredy cat! Cowardly lion clings to a tree after running away from a herd of buffalo 


Scaredy cat! Cowardly lion clings to a tree after running away from a herd of buffalo

  • The lion was hunting the herd of 500 buffalo with four other lions when the prey started to chase it
  • The big cat was forced to clamber to saftety up a tree and cling on for hours as the buffalo surrounded it 
  • Photographer Olav Thokle, 54, from Norway, captured the unlikely moment in Masai Mara, Kenya 

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A cowardly lion was forced to hide up a tree after a herd of buffalo it was hunting decided to turn around and chase it away.

The lion clung on to a branch after it bungled an attempt to stalk the herd in Masai Mara, Kenya.

It joined four lions who are nicknamed the Black Rock Boys in following the herd of 500 buffalo, creeping closer in a bid to catch their prey.

But after the buffalo saw the lions approaching, they turned around and chased, forcing one lion up a tree for hours.

Photographer Olav Thokle, 54, from Norway, captured the moment the king of the jungle was forced to scamper to safety. 

He said: ‘Suddenly the buffalo became aware of the lions’ presence. The strongest buffalo stormed towards the lions. Three of them ran away quickly but the fourth lion was surrounded by the raging buffalo and couldn’t get away.

‘He saw a lonely tree on the great savannah and climbed to safety from the big buffalo. He stayed in the tree for nearly an hour, before the buffalo herd left the area.’ 

It was hunting the buffalo but they decided to chase it back

A cowardly lion was forced to hide up a tree after a herd of buffalo it was hunting decided to turn around and chase it back

The lion clung on to a branch for hours after it bungled an attempt to stalk the herd in Masai Mara, Kenya,in the unlikely images

The lion clung on to a branch for hours after it bungled an attempt to stalk the herd in Masai Mara, Kenya,in the unlikely images

It joined four lions who are nicknamed the Black Rock Boys in following the herd of 500 buffalo, creeping closer in a bid to catch their prey

It joined four lions who are nicknamed the Black Rock Boys in following the herd of 500 buffalo, creeping closer in a bid to catch their prey

After the buffalo saw the lions approaching, they turned around and chased, forcing one lion up a tree for hours

After the buffalo saw the lions approaching, they turned around and chased, forcing one lion up a tree for hours

Photographer Olav Thokle, 54, from Norway, captured the moment the king of the jungle was forced to scamper to safety

Photographer Olav Thokle, 54, from Norway, captured the moment the king of the jungle was forced to scamper to safety

The hunter becomes the hunted: The herd of buffalo in the savannah decided to turn around and chase away the lion who was creeping up on them

The hunter becomes the hunted: The herd of buffalo in the savannah decided to turn around and chase away the lion who was creeping up on them

Wounded pride: The lion clambered up the tree and perched in a branch for hours as the buffalo remained around the predator

Wounded pride: The lion clambered up the tree and perched in a branch for hours as the buffalo remained around the predator

The cowardly lion peered down at its prey from up high, unable to return to the ground for fear of an attack by the herd of buffalo

The cowardly lion peered down at its prey from up high, unable to return to the ground for fear of an attack by the herd of buffalo

After spotting the angry buffalo herd, one of the scared lions desperately scampers up a tree to safety

After spotting the angry buffalo herd, one of the scared lions desperately scampers up a tree to safety

The terrified lion in the Masai Mara clings to a tree after escaping an angry herd of buffalo who turned on it during a chase in the savannah

The terrified lion in the Masai Mara clings to a tree after escaping an angry herd of buffalo who turned on it during a chase in the savannah

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