A hungry lion was trying to eat an armour plated pangolin but failed to do it.
These photos were taken by british wildlife guide Mark Sheridan-Johnson in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. They show how the lion appeared confused by its spherical prey, as it batted the creature about with its paws and even tried to carry it around in its mouth.
The rare, armour plated pangolin had the perfect defence tactic:roll up into a ball and stay there – whatever happens.
In the end the lion gave up and wandered off in search of something else and the pangolin escaped.