VIDEO A Elephant approached a lion at a watering hole from behind

This is when a dopey lion narrowly avoided being trampled to d.e.ath by a huge elephant with only his whiskers.

The thirsty lion was too absorbed in quenching his thirst at a waterhole in Botswana to hear the approaching footsteps of an elephant from behind.

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The elephant was only seconds away from trampling the lion with one foot raised just inches above its head.

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Approached A Lion At A Watering Hole From Behind

The huge elephant approached the lion from behind at a watering hole in Nxai Pans in Botswana

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Approached A Lion At A Watering Hole From Behind

The thirsty lion was drinking from a watering hole and didn’t notice the elephant approaching him from behind

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Approached A Lion At A Watering Hole From Behind

These pictures were captured by South African photographer, Johan Bernard, 49, who had been observing

The lion looked up just before being crushed, and it ran away.

The action in Nxai Pans in Botswana was caught on camera by observer Johan Bernard, 49.

The photographer from South Africa said: It was late in the afternoon and rapidly getting dark.

There were no other animals at the waterhole at this time, only the male lion. He began drinking without even looking up for a long time.

‘In the distance, we saw the elephant bull, also directly on his way to the waterhole. The lion, who was surprisingly not alert at all, kept on drinking and didn’t hear or notice the elephant.

‘When the lion was around two to three meters away, he lifted his head and saw the elephant, and ran away.’

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Approached A Lion At A Watering Hole From Behind

The male lion looks up from the watering hole moments before being trampled by the elephant in Botswana

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Approached A Lion At A Watering Hole From Behind

The lion makes a quick getaway before being crushed under the feet of the enormous elephant

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Approached A Lion At A Watering Hole From Behind

‘When the elephant was about two to three meters away, the lion lifted his head, saw the elephant, and made a run for it,’ the photographer said

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Approached A Lion At A Watering Hole From Behind

The lion managed to get out of the path of the elephant just in time and the action was caught on camera

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