THIS lion was flicked five metres into the air by a buffalo in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The buffalo bull was leading a daring rescue mission in a bid to save his friend from sure death. Two fresh lions had been silently stalking the buffalo for around 45 minutes when one to end with made its move. But the predator was so focused on transporting down his prey that it left itself open to a surprise attack. The astonishing pictures were captured by Ian Matheson, 52, during an early morning game drive with his son Oliver, 16, in addition two of Oliver’s friends in the Mjejane Reserve on the edge of the Kruger Park. Wonderfully all of the animals walked away from the encounter with no main injuries, except possibly some bruised egos on the lion’s part.