Photographer Olav Thokle, 54, from Norway, ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ the moment the king of the jungle was fᴏʀᴄᴇd to scamper to safety.
Around five lions – nicknamed the Black Rock Boys – had been following the herd of over 500 buffalo when four of them tried creeping closer in an attempt to spot and ᴋɪʟʟ ᴡᴇᴀᴋer members.
However, those plans were dasʜᴇᴅ when some angry buffalo caught scent of the lions and charged towards them.
In a desperate scramble, one of them fled to the nearest tree, climbed up and hid there for hours.
‘Suddenly the buffalo became aware of the lion’s presence. He saw a lonely tree on the great savannah and climbed to safety from the big buffalo. He stayed in the tree for nearly an hour, before the buffalo herd left the area’, Thokle said.
This cowardly lion was fᴏʀᴄᴇd to hide up a tree after a herd of buffalo it was ʜᴜɴᴛing decided to turn around and chase it back
The lion clung on to a branch for hours after it bungled an attempt to stalk the herd in Masai Mara, Kenya,in the unlikely images
It joined four lions who are nicknamed the Black Rock Boys in following the herd of 500 buffalo, creeping closer in a bid to catch their ᴘʀᴇʏ
After the buffalo saw the lions approaching, they turned around and chased, forcing one lion up a tree for hours
The ʜᴜɴᴛer becomes the ʜᴜɴᴛed: The herd of buffalo in the savannah decided to turn around and chase away the lion who was creeping up on them
Wᴏᴜɴᴅed pride: The lion clambered up the tree and perched in a branch for hours as the buffalo remained around the ᴘʀᴇᴅᴀᴛᴏʀ
The cowardly lion ᴘᴇᴇred down at its ᴘʀᴇʏ from up high, unable to return to the ground for fear of an ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ by the herd of buffalo
After spotting the angry buffalo herd, one of the sᴄᴀʀed lions desperately scampers up a tree to safety
The ᴛᴇʀʀɪfɪᴇᴅ lion in the Masai Mara clings to a tree after escaping an angry herd of buffalo who turned on it during a chase in the savannah
Olav has travelled across the world to picture wild animals – including Alaska, Svalbard, Finland and other areas in Africa.
Masai Mara is especially known for its large cats, such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
Lions are the most numerous with more than 900 individuals living in the area.