Tourists Were Driving Through A Game Reserve When Mother Nature Revealed Herself
While it would be folly to assume lions aren't dangerous, it's fair to say they rarely come into contact with humans, especially on busy roads.
But this is the moment a convoy of tourists got the shock of their lives when two lions brought down an antelope just inches away from their cars.
Dramatically bursting from the roadside bushes, the kudu – a type of antelope – ran out into the road with two bloodthirsty male lions in tow, stunning tourists who were driving through Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Bringing the convoy to a standstill, the poor antelope was left lying helpless in the middle of the road while the lions eyed up their prize.
As the bloody drama unfolded, Briton Carolyn Dunford, an intern at the game reserve, was on the scene to photograph the spectacle.
Tearing the flesh of the antelope's back and throat, the two big cats used their immense power to tackle the animal to the ground.
Dumbstruck by what they saw, several wide-eyed nature lovers opened their windows to view the spectacle first hand.
Having finally subdued the poor creature, the two big predators wrestle with their catch mere inches from their human spectators.
Miss Dunford, 23, was taking an early morning drive through the park – one of the biggest game reserves in Africa – when she spotted the incredible scene.
Despite the recent incident involving Katherine Chappell, a 29-year-old tourist who was dragged out of a car window by a lion at The Lion Park near Johannesburg, tourists continued to peer out of their windows while the attack unfolded.
Miss Dunford described the terrified kudu as it bolted towards their cars, lost its balance in the panic and fell.
The biology graduate from Romsey, Hampshire, said: "I think I had been driving for about 45 minutes when I saw a group of cars crawling along."
"I pulled up with them and there were the two lions walking towards me."
"One of them saw the kudu in the bushes and I saw the lion crouch."
"The kudu burst from the bushes and the lions chased it into the cars," Dunford added. "The first lion clawed onto its back and the second went straight for its throat. They both tackled it."
Meanwhile, one of the lions went over to the kudu’s neck and continued to devour it in the middle of the road at the South African park.
By now, the tourists had pulled over to watch the two lions rip the antelope apart on the main road in the park.
Miss Dunford (pictured below), who has worked on big cat projects in South Africa, added: "As a biologist, I understand the circle of life."
"For me it was really fascinating to watch a lion hunt. It's a privilege to see it happen and the power of the lions. It was amazing."
"I love being right in the heart of the action."