By Paul Ciampanelli
Sep 25, 2013
Cat, especially big cats like lions, are among nature's most skilled predators. But that doesn't mean they always get their prey.
In these photographs, taken by wildlife photographer Jacques Matthysen, 36, a hungry lioness confronts a wildebeest that was grazing peacefully at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa.
The lioness attacked her prey, intent on making the wildebeest into a meal. The wildebeest was not ready to be taken down so easily.
As the lioness pounced, the ready wildebeest jumped even higher into the air, treating its attacker to a hoof in the face.
It was a close call for the wildebeest, but it managed to escape the lioness' clutches and run to safety.
Mattysen said it's not often that prey manages to escape the grasp of a lion, "but this was a very unique way to do so."
Matthysen added, "It was a fantastic escape."
Dis is antilope Gnu not baffalo
Dis is antilop Gnu not baffalo
Nature is cruel.Its the circle of life i reckon.
it is not a buffalo - tho that what pops up if you want to send to someone else - please get your species right
The lion in the photo is a young male lion, inexperienced, not an adult lioness. The experienced wildebeest probably knows that too, therefore the daring escape maneuver.
I see you noticed that fact also, good observation.