Original Source: Daily Mail
This is the moment a warthog stepped into the path of a hungry lion and then became its prey. The incredible pictures show the warthog step into the lion’s den, but it was only ever going to end one way, as the predator then leaps out with brute force to capture the animal.
The lion then goes on to devour the wild pig, proving his status as top of the animal food chain.
- The unsuspecting warthog steps into the path of an oncoming lion at the Addo Elephant Park in South Africa
- The lion leaps out on to the warthog with brute force and pounces on its prey
- The warthog tries to make a break for freedom but the lion is hot on its heels trying to recapture it
- Lion captures the warthog
- Warthog tries to fight back
The stunning images were caught on camera by photographer Dr Trix Jonker, at the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
Dr Jonker revealed she almost missed the moment as the warthog had a lucky escape first of all after it accidentally woke a sleeping lioness, but foolishly walked back in front of the lions and this time was not so lucky. But she managed to capture the action at the perfect minute. She added: “After the warthog escaped, I thought the action was over. But the warthog went back in a circle and went back on the same path as before, straight back into the lions.”
She said: “It was getting late and the gates were closing in an hour. I looked away and when I looked back I saw the warthog coming straight towards some resting lions. By this time, a male lion had woken up and was sat up straight trying to see what the commotion was. He saw the warthog coming and went straight into the attack position. This was when I had my camera poised as I knew this time something was going to happen. At one stage there was only this big dust cloud and I could not see what was happening.”
- The lion wrestles the warthog to the ground sending a dust cloud up in the air
- Dr Jonker said when the dust cleared she saw the lion holding the warthog between his front paws
- The poor unsuspecting warthog did not spot the lions at all and she disappeared behind a bush where a lion was lying, and it was taken by surprise
- The lion asserts his authority as top of the food chain as he takes a bite of the warthog who was unable to escape
- The lion digs his teeth into the warthog he has just killed as he is joined by a lioness
“He stayed like that for quite a while then lifted the warthog into the air and started dragging it away. I couldn’t believe how tough the warthog was, and was absolutely stunned by what I saw that afternoon. It’s amazing I managed to capture it on camera.”
- The pictures were captured by Dr Trix Jonker, pictured, who said it was amazing she managed to capture the battle on camera.