This is the terrifying moment two young lions team up to carry out a fierce attack on an older male in a furious exchange of blows.
The footage, filmed by Jonathan Sayaniel, a local to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, shows the two youngsters Maridadi and Kaka confronting Ololparpit, a more experienced lion.
Maridadi and Kaka join forces to pin Ololparpit to the ground and swing at him with their paws in the frightening exchange.
Two younger lions Mardidadi and Kaka launch a brutal attack on an older, more experienced lion Ololparpit at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Mr Sayaniel said: ‘If he had lost the battle, Maridadi and Kaka would have almost certainly killed the young cubs in the pride to bring the females back for mating.’
Ololparpit survived the attack but is reportedly in ‘bad shape’ following the ferocious battle.
The video shows Maridadi and Kaka joining forces to take down Ololparpit using their powerful jaws and strong paws.
After Ololparpit’s fierce roar, the two youngsters are deterred and start circling their older counterpart from a distance.
Ololparpit survived the fierce attack by the two young lions but he is said to be in ‘bad shape’
Despite being weakened by the fight, Ololparpit summons a fierce roar to ward off his attackers
Then all of a sudden, the attack continues as one of the younger lions leaps at Ololparpit jaws first.
Despite being old and weakened, Ololparpit summons a roar that makes Maridadi and Kaka retreta.
The footage then appears to show Ololparpit calling out for his partner Obarnoti after the fight.
Ololparpit in Maa (Maasai language) means ‘the one with a big black hair,’ Sayialel said.
A lion whose eye was gouged out in a brutal battle bears a striking resemblance to the villain in Disney’s Lion King.
‘One Eye’ – a 440 pound seven-year-old beast – was captured on camera in Khwai, Botswana, by local photographer and nature guide Shaun Malan, 39.
The lion was left with a gaping wound over his right eye following a battle with an unknown foe.
The four-foot tall big cat would relax and let Mr Malan come as close as ten feet away to take his photos.
Mr Malan said: ‘Only a few days later he was out chasing zebras again.
‘I think it was impaled by a buffalo horn, or perhaps from a dominance fight with another male lion.’
The wound could be prone to infection, leaving the beast at risk of death.
Mr Malan added: ‘Maggots should help a lot with the healing process, and hopefully One Eye will pull through. Lions have an incredible sense of healing; they survive things you think they’d never survive.
‘I first met this lion in a coalition in 2014, there were five of them before two new males came in a year ago and chased them all out and killed quite a few of their cubs.
‘Sadly we think we also lost one of One Eye’s brothers as well.’
‘One Eye’ – a 440 pound seven-year-old lion – had his eye gouged out in a brutal battle in Botswana. One Eye has to squint to properly see as he prowls for prey
Lookalike: One Eye bared a striking resemblance to Scar, the villain in Disney’s Lion King, after his eye was injured in battle
One Eye squints as he plays with a tiny cub resembling Simba from the Disney film. Mr Malan thinks the eye was impaled by a buffalo horn or damaged in a fight with another male lion
Before: One Eye was captured on camera before his terrible injury in Khwai, Botswana, by local photographer Shaun Malan, 39
Mr Malan said: ‘Only a few days later he was out chasing zebras again.’ Pictured: One Eye wading through some water in Botswana