These dramatic photos taken in South Africa show a lion capturing a 144lb hyena before ripping it apart.Photographer Chad Cocking, 36, from Johannesburg, spotted the incredible scene in Tanda Tula Safari Camp in Greater Kruger Park.
The 418lb lion grabbed the hyena by the neck before dragging it around. Pictures show the hyena lying twisted on the floor as the lion bit down on its throat to suffocate it.
Chad said: ‘We arrived to find a male lion suffocating a hyena. After a couple of minutes, the lion left the hyena for dead. Unfortunately for the hyena, it was still clinging on to life – it was severely wounded though. That was when a second lion then approached and continued to suffocate it.
‘The rest of the hyena clan gathered at first to save their clan member but soon realised they were no match for the lions. The hyena was still breathing after the lions walked away but it just lay there with a broken back and no chance of recovery.‘The lions were drawn in by the sound of the hyenas fighting the African wild dogs. By the time they noticed the lions had arrived, it was too late.’