Lion LIFTOFF! This is the amazing moment the tables turned and a lion was flipped high into the air by an angry buffalo in Kruger National Park, South Africa. The brave buffalo stepped in to save his friend from certain death.

Two young lions had been silently stalking the buffalo for about 45 minutes when one finally made its move.

This was filmed by Ian Matheson, 52, during an early morning game drive with his son Oliver, 16, and two of Oliver’s friends in the Mjejane Reserve on the border of the Kruger Park.

Amazingly all of the animals walked away from the encounter with no major injuries, except perhaps some bruised egos on the lion’s part.