A crocodile blocking a river crossing at the Okavango Delta in Botswana was no match for a lioness protecting her pride. Photographer Pia Dierickx managed to capture photos of the lioness grappling with the crocodile so the rest of the pride could cross the river.
"The sequence of six pictures of the real action were taken in one second," Dierickx told the Daily Mail. "Luckily for the lioness the crocodile did not have an opportunity to do the death roll because her mouth was kept closed between the front legs of the lioness."
Click through this photo series and see how the battle plays out.