Maasai Mara, Kenya

This is the shocking moment an angry elephant impaled a buffalo with its tusks, tossing it high in the air, before shaking it to death. The unsuspecting buffalo had been snoozing under a tree in Maasai Mara, Kenya, when a female elephant surprised him and he charged at her. After the buffalo headbutted the elephant, she retaliated by digging her tusks into the creature and tossing the buffalo into the air with full force. The buffalo did not die immediately and rangers at the reserve think the animal must have been unwell to act so out of character. The extraordinary scene was captured by amateur photographer Kimberly Maurer, 56, who was on holiday at the game reserve. The 56-year-old said: ‘I started looking through the images on the back of my camera immediately after the attack and became very excited to discover that I had actually captured the event in detail. ‘This photograph was, no doubt, a once-in-a-lifetime capture for me. As you would imagine, his carcass was a meal for another animal or two.’