How the buffalo has tainted the lion's reputation as 'King of The Jungle'

A series of photographs showing a male lion clinging tightly to a tree, to avoid the wrath of an angry buffalo herd, have been making their rounds on the internet this week.

The terrified lion is surronded. Image: Charles Comyn.

CapeTalk’s Kieno Kammies spoke to the 63-year-old man behind the popular photos, Charles Comyn.

Comyn, a British tourist and ex-army official,was on holiday with his family in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya during March and he explained how it all unfolded.

Clinging on with all he's got. Image: Charles Comyn.

Scroll down to listen to the full audio and hear how the lions fate turned out.

I was with my stepmother, my wife and a village friend on the very last morning of our three day safari in the Masai Mara game reserve.

Charles Comyn, photographer

We were having a cup of Chai; thinking it’s very sad that we've got to go back home to the UK.

Charles Comyn, photographer

Suddenly, our guide says ‘something is happening' and tells us to watch.

Charles Comyn, photographer

We saw lots and lots of Buffalo all pointing in one direction. They were sniffing the air and rather agitated.

Charles Comyn, photographer

Out of nowhere this male lion came right past us and clambered up a nearest tree, which was only 20 meteres away from us. He was quickly pursued by these hot-footed Buffalo.

Charles Comyn, photographer

It was unbelievable and surprising for us. We couldn’t believe what was happening. The whole incident took no more than a minute and a half.

Charles Comyn, photographer

The lion was obviously in fear for his life.

Charles Comyn, photographer

Hanging on for dear life. Image: Charles Comyn.

Also, do you remember this viral video from 2007?

The recently published pictures reminded us of this action packed video (with live commentary) of a stand –off between buffalos, lions and crocodiles at a waterhole in the Kruger. Oh you know, a typical day out in the wild.

The video, titled “Battle at Kruger” was uploaded by Jason Schlosberg and has had over 76 million views.

Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


This article first appeared on 702 : How the buffalo has tainted the lion's reputation as 'King of The Jungle'


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