The incident happened in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park.
The lion was in danger of being crushed by 100 enraged creatures or having his horns pierced. The predator was forced to climb a tree in order to get away.
This could not fully shield him, though. The king of creatures continued to roll down as his body weight forced him to the ground.
The lion roared at the herd and waved a paw with sharp claws away in an attempt to scatter the cloven-hoofed animals after realizing that the shelter was unstable.
“It was a patience game. Neelutpaul describes how if the lion had made a mistake, enraged buffaloes would have attacked and killed it.
That day, the predator was fortunate.
The buffaloes waited near the tree for a while before losing interest in the predator and moving on.
The lion raced away after regaining consciousness and taking a breath.
This is a rare sight in the wild. A rare moment that I was able to witness with my own eyes captivated me.
I made an effort to be calm, take it all in, and get as many images as I could to be worthy of the chance I was given, says Neelutpaul.