Two huge male lions went toe to toe at the Masai Mara wildlife reserve in Kenya a couple of days ago, slashing with their claws and tearing into the opponent’s flesh with their teeth. And the fact that they are brothers mattered not at all — there was too much at stake. The incredible scene was captured on camera by experienced safari photographers Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haution, who are both 55 and teachers in northern France. The siblings they photographed battled each other until both were red in tooth and claw as they fought for the right to win the affections of a lioness, not to mention the control of the whole pride. Mr. Renaud said:
It was great to be able to take photographs of the lions and with the noise of them fighting, it really was an amazing moment.
Ms. Haution added:
When lions want to take over a pride, the old lions fight with the new ones. But seeing two lion brothers fighting, one against the other, is a very rare sighting. We were very lucky to witness it, and both lions unfortunately ended up with serious wounds. But that’s just what happens in the wild and we would never interfere with nature.
The raw power of Africa’s top predator was in full display…
1. Two huge male lions were pictured brawling for dominance in Kenya.
2. They were captured fighting by Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haution both teachers from northern France, who are seasoned safari photographers.
3. Both lions sustained fairly serious wounds in the fight.
4. It’s not often that two male lions will fight each other to be King of the Jungle.
5. Just 15 minutes after the lions finished scrapping, the triumphant brother went and mated with his lioness as a prize, with the photographers describing the fight as ‘an amazing moment’.
6. Just 15 minutes after the lions finished scrapping, the triumphant brother went and mated with his lioness as a prize, with the photographers describing the fight as ‘an amazing moment’.
7. Although male lions have tremendous strength and power, it’s actually the slightly smaller female that does most of the hunting.
8. The lion on the right has sustained a nasty-looking gash on his nose.
9. The victorious brother mates with a lioness.
Source: The Mail Online.
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