A LUCKY lion cub narrowly avoids being trampled to death by a rampaging buffalo.
He repeatedly dodged the beast and got back to his mother in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Johan Adolf Smalman, who took the snaps, said the male bull approached a group of lions feasting on a buffalo they had killed earlier.
He said: “As I was taking the photos I just saw the cub running and it really did look like the buffalo had got him.
“The cub was actually under his feet but incredibly didn’t even get injured, it just turned to the right and managed to escape.
“He probably used all of his nine lives to get out of that situation.”
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African Cape Buffalo are the largest on the continent and can weigh nearly a tonne. Their horns can reach an impressive five feet in length.
They are also are known to be bad tempered and can easily toss an adult lion into the air or trample one under foot.
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