INCREDIBLE footage shows a lion fighting off a crocodile in a Botswanan river after an attack on its younger brother.
The video, filmed at Wilderness Safaris’ King’s Pool camp, shows the big cats swimming across the Linyanti river when suddenly a crocodile attacks the smaller of the two.
The older lion fights back in the water to protect its younger brother from the predator and helps the cat to safety.
One of the lions then retreats to shore while the other makes it to the far bank.
The safari tourist who filmed the astonishing scene in southern Africa said: ‘We found them [the lions] by the Linyanti river between Botswana and Namibia, and watched them drinking water.
‘We thought they would come out of the water but then we saw the younger one going back in.
‘Our guide saw a crocodile on the right and we saw the older one look at the croc.
‘Again we thought they would turn back but the younger one kept going deeper.
‘The older one hesitated and then followed him.
‘As they swim across, the crocodile speeds up, and while we all watched with our hearts in our mouths, the younger lion was attacked.
‘The older one then attacks the crocodile and effectively saves his younger brother before going under the water.
‘The younger one started swimming back and we thought the older one was gone, but then we saw him pull himself into the reeds — incredibly they both survived with no injuries!’