By Bunmi Adigun @Bunmi_Adigun

A PHOTOGRAPHER captured one of the oldest rivalries in the animal kingdom as a pair of lions went head to head with a pack of hungry hyenas

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The hyenas tried to intimidate and chase the lions away from their kill

Snapped in the heart of the Masai Mara, south Kenya, the pictures give an insight into the day-to-day battles between Africa’s most deadly predators.

German photographer Ingo Gerlach took the powerful images while on safari in the iconic game reserve in August 2015, witnessing first hand the good and bad side of nature.

While travelling through the park, the experienced photographer was alerted to the sound of roars and growls.

The intimidation did little to scare off the lions who seemed to get more agitated at the hyena's presence

He said: “I could hear roaring from afar but I didn’t know the reason for the noise. After crossing a small hill with my off road-vehicle I found the source of all the noise.

"I noticed a dead zebra with two lions standing by it surrounded by numerous howling and shrieking hyenas.”

After picking up the scent of the zebra the hyenas - known for being prolific scavengers - surrounded the lions hoping to use their considerable numbers to intimidate them away from the kill.

Despite their larger numbers the hyenas could not get the better of the two lions

But despite their numerical advantage the hyenas struggled to steal the kill away from the pair of lions.

Ingo said: “The lioness and a hyena were in front of my vehicle. The lioness' facial expression was completely indifferent to the hyenas' attack, however you could see the fear and horror on the face of the hyena.”

The lioness bravely chased away the hungry hyenas as they tried to steal the zebra kill

He added: “The lions were already noticeably full, nevertheless, they did not want to give up the zebra. They always chased off the hyenas.”

With each failed attempt at taking the zebra only serving to make the lions more agitated, the hyena pack were forced to find food elsewhere.

Photographer Igo Gerlach was drawn to the battle after hearing loud growls during a drive in the Masai Mara

Within mere moments, the cruel side of nature showed itself as a new born calf was quickly snapped up by the hungry hyenas.

Ingo said: “The two hyenas captured a newly born Thomson's gazelle that was in the high grass. With a powerful bite, the calf quickly became a small snack for the hyenas."

Luickily the hyena's work wasn't in vain as she managed to kill a young Thomson's gazelle

Unbeknownst to Ingot however, the ‘small snack’ was in fact intended for the cubs of the hyenas who were in their den waiting for their mother to return.

The surprising turn of events highlighted both the good and bad of nature and also showed what parents in the animal kingdom have to go through to provide food for their young.

The mother hyena returned back to her den with a kill for her young cubs

Ingo added: “These pictures are not easy to look at but it should be remembered that the hyena has cubs to feed who also deserve a right to live. This is the cycle of nature.”