By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Davide Chiossi
Producer: Mark Hodge, Chloe Browne
Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips
Filmed by honeymooner Davide Chiossi, 30, in Kruger National Park, dramatic footage shows the huge reptile battle with a pair of big cats over a dead buffalo carcass.
And despite being outnumbered the crocodile more than held his own against the ferocious male lions.
However, it appears as though the croc was left with one of the lion's nails sticking out of his head.
Italian videographer Davide was on his honeymoon in September 2014 when he witnessed the extraordinary incident.
He said: “We stopped for the sunset break and on the other side of a small lake we spotted the two lions and the crocodile.
“Later in the evening when we went closer the first lion woke up and after drinking some water start eating the buffalo.
“Little by little the crocodile went closer, trying to defend the carcass from the lions.
“When one of the lions came too close to the croc, the two of them had a scuffle – and it looked like the lion got one of his claws wedged into the croc's head.
“After that the crocodile just stayed there, and the lions continued to eat as if nothing had happened.
“The guide told us that this was a once in a lifetime event - we were very lucky.”