Having a bad day? Wildebeest ends up in the middle of fierce fight between croc and hippo
When it approached this appealing-looking watering hole, this unsuspecting wildebeest was completely unaware it was about to become a meal.
The female stopped in the sweltering South African sun to take a drink but was quickly greeted by a hungry crocodile, which eventually overpowered the poor wildebeest and dragged it into the water.
However, its struggles were not to end there as a hippo then emerged to battle it out with the croc for the still-alive wildebeest, only for the croc to win the day in the end.
Retired pharmaceutical CEO Neil Goodes, 60 from the Gold Coast in Australia, was on safari at Sabi Sands in South Africa when the action unfolded and was able to capture the scene in these stunning photographs.
Neil said the whole struggle, which went on for around an hour, was “unsettling” to watch.
He said: “You hoped the wildebeest would escape and when the hippo moved in you thought that might happen.
“It was unsettling to watch this struggle unfold over the course of nearly an hour.
Neil also said that, despite the immense struggle, there was a decided hush over the watering hole as the action played out.
He said: “Apart from the thrashing noise of the struggle it was very very quiet.
“Sometimes on safari in the safety of your jeep you can forget how precarious life is in the bush; this was a reminder just how delicate is the balance between life and death.
“On a lighter note at one stage during the struggle, I did try to lighten my thoughts by imagining which of my favourite politicians I would substitute for the poor wildebeest.”