By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey

A HUNGRY crocodile clashes with two angry lions over a late night snack

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Videographer / Director: Davide Chiossi
Producer: Mark Hodge, Chloe Browne
Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips

Force of nature: The crocodile lunges at the big cat

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.

Three's a crowd: The famished croc watches as the two lions steal its supper

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.

Food fiasco: Videographer Davide was enjoying a safari trip on his honeymoon when he spotted the unusual incident

Italian videographer Davide was on his honeymoon in September 2014 when he witnessed the extraordinary incident.

Clash of the titans: The crocodile and the lion square off over the late night snack

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.

Supper Supremacy: A safari tour group watch as the two male lions and the crocodile battle for the dead prey

“Later in the evening when we went closer the first lion woke up and after drinking some water start eating the buffalo.

One of the lions continues to gorge on the buffalo after the scuffle with the crocodile

“Little by little the crocodile went closer, trying to defend the carcass from the lions.

The lion watches over the unpredictable croc

“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.

Chow time: A male lion enjoys a dead buffalo carcass

“After that the crocodile just stayed there, and the lions continued to eat as if nothing had happened.

Once in a lifetime: Italian videographer Davide captured the incident on camera

“The guide told us that this was a once in a lifetime event - we were very lucky.”