A herd of buffalo launched a bloody battle against a hungry lion attacking their young - and managed to save a tiny calf caught in its jaws. The calf's mother threw herself at the prowling lions in a bid to protect her baby, but it was only when the bull buffalo charged that the calf escaped.
Enraged, the predators went in for the kill again - sparking a fierce full-on battle between the two species in the muddy marshes. Photographer Ben Cranke, who took the shots in the Okavango Swamps of Botswana, South Africa, said the fight was 'electrifying'. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.
Pictured: A lion covered in mud after the meeting with the buffalos.