Food fight: Roar-some moment pack of lions take on deadly croc in a fight over food

These roar-some images show the moment a pack of lions took on an angry crocodile in a vicious fight over food.

Spotted narrowly avoiding the snapping jaws of the deadly croc, the formidable foes are seen competing head-to-head in an epic battle for feeding rights.

Lion Takes on a Crocodile

A lion slashes at the croc in an effort to drive it away

After noticing the corpse of a dead elephant, the brave croc dared to enter the lion’s territory in an effort to get a piece of the action.

But desperate to keep their meal and also fearful for the safety of their cubs, the lions began to drive the beast away by clawing and biting at the legs of the armoured reptile.

Lion Takes on a Crocodile

Jaws vs claws: The formidable foes come head-to-head in a fight over food

Seen battling it out in the muddy shallows of a Kenyan river in Samburu, Africa, the croc eventually admitted defeat and retreated to the safety of deeper waters.

Lion Takes on a Crocodile

A lion leaps out of the way of the snapping jaws of the crocodile

Taken from the safety of a safari van, Vietnamese photographer, Hung Ta, 50, was raced to the scene by his tour guide after hearing of the altercation over the vehicles radio.

Lion Takes on a Crocodile

Overwhelmed by other lions in the pack the crocodile eventually retreats

Hung Ta said: “As soon as we heard that there might be a fight between two big predators we rushed to the scene.

“For a while there was a Mexican standoff with neither making the first move but I believe the lion was fearing for the safety of its cubs and made the first move.

“It wasn’t long before other lions moved in and began to claw and bite at the legs of the crocodile all the while making sure to stay clear of its huge jaws.

“The crocodile actually tried to get closer for a second time but was soon overwhelmed so it backed off.

“It was amazing to see the fight happen, it’s not very often these two predators fight and neither animal underestimated its opponent.”