Kiss of death: Lioness wraps mouth around wildebeest

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    • Wildebeest still upright, the lion can be seen hanging from the animal with its arms around its target’s neck
    • After a short struggle, wildebeest is dragged to ground and the pride come in their numbers and take it down 
    • The pictures were taken in Ndutu, Tanzania, by Christophe Renous who witnessed the ambush in the wild

    Gareth Davies For Mailonline

    An incredible set of photographs show a lion wrapping her mouth around the face of a wildebeest in what looks like a kiss of death before dragging it to the ground and killing its prey.

    With the wildebeest still upright, the lion can be seen hanging from the animal with its arms wrapped around the neck of its target. 

    After a short struggle, and with its teeth gripping the wildebeest’s face, the lioness’ pride get their lunch onto the ground and devour it.  

    The kiss of death: The lioness wraps its teeth around the face of the wildebeest, dragging it to the ground before killing it

    The kiss of death: The lioness wraps its teeth around the face of the wildebeest, dragging it to the ground before killing it

    Lunch time: The pride cash in on the lioness' hunting work and tuck into their meal for the day with one lion on top of the wildebeest

    Lunch time: The pride cash in on the lioness' hunting work and tuck into their meal for the day with one lion on top of the wildebeest

    Lunch time: The pride cash in on the lioness’ hunting work and tuck into their meal for the day with one lion on top of the wildebeest

    In for the kill: The lioness maintains her deadly grip on the wildebeest, now on the floor, and a male lion stretches out to grip a tree trunk

    In for the kill: The lioness maintains her deadly grip on the wildebeest, now on the floor, and a male lion stretches out to grip a tree trunk

    In for the kill: The lioness maintains her deadly grip on the wildebeest, now on the floor, and a male lion stretches out to grip a tree trunk

    Stalking the prey: The lioness appears focused on bringing down its target in the picture captured in Ndutu, Tanzania

    Stalking the prey: The lioness appears focused on bringing down its target in the picture captured in Ndutu, Tanzania

    Stalking the prey: The lioness appears focused on bringing down its target in the picture captured in Ndutu, Tanzania

    The pictures were taken in Ndutu, Tanzania by Christophe Renous.

    The photographer witnessed the ambush, which started with the deadly kiss.

    Mr Renous said: ‘I love nature and animals, and these pictures show the final kiss of death.’

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