Last Frame: Nature Of The Beast

Nature Of The Beast

Photo By Michael Cohen

While on an extensive tour of Namibia, Michael Cohen was waiting out a storm in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park when he witnessed an incredible sight: two male lions in pursuit of a male giraffe. “As the chase approached us,” Cohen recalls, “one lion stopped running and just laid down in the tall grass. The older, dark-maned lion shown here continued the pursuit on its own, finally breaking into a full sprint just as he was closest to our position.

“The lion circled the giraffe, cutting off its escape route, staring up at its much larger prey as the giraffe raised its hoof in defense. Spoiler: This lion was eventually joined by the second lion, and they successfully managed to take the giraffe down, although getting kicked several times in the process.”

Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Exposure: 1/1000 sec., ƒ/5.6, ISO 1600.

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