These Epic Buffalo Vs. Elephant Photos Just How Brutal Wildlife Can Be

featured-imagePhotographer 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

001-12-only-one-tusk-6c3fe95fc70697b57acecb32ebd352eaHere’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

002-11-the-attack-continues-47cb1bdee1fa4d61e02b49accb9b7139Here, the buffalo continues attacking the defenseless elephant calf. The calf had been separated from its herd and was simply too small to defend itself.

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

003-10-mother-steps-in-d41439d78f13afba7ee1f2af92a6bd3eThis altercation began when the mother heard her elephant calf’s cries during the initial attack. She charged the buffalo and knocked him off of his feet, straight into the air.

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.

9. Killed

004-9-killed-17b56812d13abda207c0831381b029feHowever, the buffalo’s torture didn’t end with just a strong toss from the mother elephant. He suffered much more serious wounds.

“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.