Lions have for long been portrayed as some of the most dominant creatures of the wild, the image of a male lion is associated with that of a king. But recently people have witnessed peculiar behaviour among animals which often goes against popular perception as well.
In an incident that left visitors at a safari park shocked, a group of lionesses turned against the male in the pride. Nine lionesses mounted a brutal attack on the lion as they sunk their teeth in his flesh.
Keepers at the park had to intervene by spraying fire extinguishers at the gang to stop the attack. The lion was left bloodied and battered by the time the keepers managed to save him.
In the wild lions are often killed if they are seen too old or unfit to rule the pride and that seems to be the case here as well. Meanwhile one witness said that the attack may have been caused by a dispute over food.