Photographer Kimberly Maurer shot these astounding photos in Maasai Mara, Kenya. The photos show an elephant’s vicious attack on a buffalo in response to the buffalo’s trespassing onto the elephant’s territory.
Maurer was on holiday, visiting the game reserve to see the wildlife. She didn’t expect to see this, though. “I started looking through the images on the back of my camera immediately after the attack and became very excited to discover that I had actually captured the event in detail,” she stated.
Read on to see the photos and the aftermath of this encounter between beasts.
12. Only One Tusk
Here’s what started the incident. Buffaloes are not generally a threat to elephants, and the same is true for the opposite. This time, though, an enraged buffalo decided to attack a defenseless baby for no apparent reason.
As the safari vehicle came upon this encounter, it edged closer to try to distract the buffalo. It didn’t work, though, and onlookers had to watch while it continued.
11. The Attack Continues
The mother elephant only has one tusk. You’ll see in the upcoming photos, though, that she was still able to wreck this out-of-line buffalo.
10. Mother Steps In
Adult buffaloes like this one can grow to be over 2,000 pounds—that’s close to the weight of a standard passenger car. But female African elephants grow to be over 6,000 pounds, so this buffalo’s fate was sealed.
“This photograph was, no doubt, a once-in-a-lifetime capture for me,” Maurer said of this shot. Here, you can see that the tusk has gone straight through the buffalo’s neck.