Incredible images show a lion taking on a pack of 30 hyenas

This is the moment a lion took on thirty hyenas in a six hour long battle over a buffalo carcass in South Africa

In one image, a 140-pound spotted hyena bit down into the lion’s side as the lion continued to snarl at the pack surrounding it, despite the gruesome attack. In another, the 400-pound lion closed in on the buffalo carcass after fending off the hungry hyenas for six hours. 

Photographer and co-founder of SafariSmiths Kyle Smith, 26, from Hilton, South Africa, captured the incredible clash in the country’s Kruger National Park. 

Kyle stood around 800-feet away as the spectacle played out over six hours. Kyle used a Sony AR7 IV camera and a Sony 200-600mm lens to take the incredible photos. 

Hyenas gather food both by scavenging and by hunting. They will hunt in packs and use their 37 miles-per-hour speed to chase prey until exhaustion. The pack will then drag the tired prey down to the ground. 

The hyenas took turns launching themselves at the lion. Photographer and co-founder of SafariSmiths Kyle Smith, 26, from Hilton, South Africa, captured the incredible clash in the country's Kruger National Park

The hyenas took turns launching themselves at the lion. Photographer and co-founder of SafariSmiths Kyle Smith, 26, from Hilton, South Africa, captured the incredible clash in the country's Kruger National Park

The hyenas took turns launching themselves at the lion. Photographer and co-founder of SafariSmiths Kyle Smith, 26, from Hilton, South Africa, captured the incredible clash in the country’s Kruger National Park

At one stage, the hyenas closed in before the lion turned the tables and began fighting back. Kyle stood around 800-feet away as the spectacle played out over six hours. Kyle used a Sony AR7 IV camera and a Sony 200-600mm lens to take the incredible photos

At one stage, the hyenas closed in before the lion turned the tables and began fighting back. Kyle stood around 800-feet away as the spectacle played out over six hours. Kyle used a Sony AR7 IV camera and a Sony 200-600mm lens to take the incredible photos

At one stage, the hyenas closed in before the lion turned the tables and began fighting back. Kyle stood around 800-feet away as the spectacle played out over six hours. Kyle used a Sony AR7 IV camera and a Sony 200-600mm lens to take the incredible photos

One hyena tried to sink a bite into the lion's rump. Hyenas gather food both by scavenging and by hunting. They will hunt in packs and use their 37 miles-per-hour speed to chase prey until exhaustion

One hyena tried to sink a bite into the lion's rump. Hyenas gather food both by scavenging and by hunting. They will hunt in packs and use their 37 miles-per-hour speed to chase prey until exhaustion

One hyena tried to sink a bite into the lion’s rump. Hyenas gather food both by scavenging and by hunting. They will hunt in packs and use their 37 miles-per-hour speed to chase prey until exhaustion

The scrap lasted an incredible six hours. his is the moment a lion took on thirty hyenas in a six hour long battle over a buffalo carcass in South Africa

The scrap lasted an incredible six hours. his is the moment a lion took on thirty hyenas in a six hour long battle over a buffalo carcass in South Africa

The scrap lasted an incredible six hours. his is the moment a lion took on thirty hyenas in a six hour long battle over a buffalo carcass in South Africa

The hyenas closed in on the lion as they attempted to scare it away. Photographer and co-founder of SafariSmiths Kyle Smith, 26, from Hilton, South Africa, captured the incredible clash

The hyenas closed in on the lion as they attempted to scare it away. Photographer and co-founder of SafariSmiths Kyle Smith, 26, from Hilton, South Africa, captured the incredible clash

The hyenas closed in on the lion as they attempted to scare it away. Photographer and co-founder of SafariSmiths Kyle Smith, 26, from Hilton, South Africa, captured the incredible clash

The angry lion stood its ground and launched itself at the pestering hyenas

The angry lion stood its ground and launched itself at the pestering hyenas

The angry lion stood its ground and launched itself at the pestering hyenas

Over thirty hyenas taunted the lion at various stages throughout the six hour long ordeal

Over thirty hyenas taunted the lion at various stages throughout the six hour long ordeal

Over thirty hyenas taunted the lion at various stages throughout the six hour long ordeal

The lion was determined to keep the buffalo to itself. The 400-pound lion closed in on the buffalo carcass after fending off the hungry hyenas

The lion was determined to keep the buffalo to itself. The 400-pound lion closed in on the buffalo carcass after fending off the hungry hyenas

The lion was determined to keep the buffalo to itself. The 400-pound lion closed in on the buffalo carcass after fending off the hungry hyenas

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