National Geographic : 2006 Sep
The pride begins a hunt with seeming nonchalance, scanning for easy victims as panic starts to spread (below). The lions break into a run, and the herd stampedes. Sometimes it looks as if the lions are completely in charge, knocking down and killing even a large buffalo within five min utes. Other times the struggle can last seven hours-an intricate tango in the wild, with the cats probing for weakness and the buffalo countering with slashing hooves and swinging horns. The pride works as a team, watching for missteps as the prey wearies under the pressure of assault.