Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve - South Africa
Not today, Lion.
The astonishing images of the buffalo bull’s daring rescue mission were captured by Ian Matheson, 52, during an early morning game drive with his son Oliver, 16, and two of his friends Yaseen Majal, 17, and Alex Raubenheimer, 17, in the Mjejane Reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Two young lions had been silently stalking the buffalo for about 45 minutes when one finally made its move - but the predator was so focused on bringing down his prey that he left himself open to a surprise attack.
"We really felt privileged to have witnessed such a rare occurrence" And perhaps most amazingly, all of the animals walked away without any serious injuries - except perhaps a bruised ego on the lion’s part.
Today humanity lost a giant, but his legacy will live on, though his personal walk has ended.
"I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended." (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)
Marakele Aardvark - Photo and Comment by Rudi Van Den Heever:
"I became one of the privileged few wild life photographers a while back, to capture this image of an Aardvark in the golden last light of the day in the Marakele National Park, South Africa. These nocturnal mammals are very skittish and shy and rarely seen at all, let alone in this light!
Many people regard them as part of the “small five” in Africa.”
Telegraph reader Rick Brightman sent us this excellent photo of a lion attacking an eland in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa. Rick writes: “This photo is one of a series I took of the attack, starting with the lion walking up to the eland (the lion didn’t charge, and the eland was pre-occupied drinking water and never noticed the lion until it was standing next to it) and finishing with the eland running away, the lion having given up the attack.” If you have a photograph you’d like us to consider for a picture gallery, please email it to email@example.com, supplying a little info on where and when the picture was taken.Picture: Rick Brightman