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Lion whose eye was gouged out in a brutal battle resembles villain in Disney’s Lion King

The real-life Scar: Lion whose eye was gouged out in a brutal battle resembles the ferocious villain in Disney’s Lion King

  • ‘One Eye’ – a 440 pound seven-year-old beast – was photographed in Khwai, Botswana, by Shaun Malan, 39 
  • Four-foot tall big cat was left with a gaping wound over his right eye following a battle with an unknown foe
  • Mr Malan said: ‘I think it was impaled by buffalo horn, or perhaps from dominance fight with another male lion’

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A lion whose eye was gouged out in a brutal battle bears a striking resemblance to the villain in Disney’s Lion King.

‘One Eye’ – a 440 pound seven-year-old beast – was captured on camera in Khwai, Botswana, by local photographer and nature guide Shaun Malan, 39.

The lion was left with a gaping wound over his right eye following a battle with an unknown foe. 

The four-foot tall big cat would relax and let Mr Malan come as close as ten feet away to take his photos.

Mr Malan said:  ‘Only a few days later he was out chasing zebras again.

 ‘I think it was impaled by a buffalo horn, or perhaps from a dominance fight with another male lion.’

The wound could be prone to infection, leaving the beast at risk of death. 

Mr Malan added: ‘Maggots should help a lot with the healing process, and hopefully One Eye will pull through. Lions have an incredible sense of healing; they survive things you think they’d never survive.

‘I first met this lion in a coalition in 2014, there were five of them before two new males came in a year ago and chased them all out and killed quite a few of their cubs.

‘Sadly we think we also lost one of One Eye’s brothers as well.’

One Eye has to squint to properly see as he prowls for prey

‘One Eye’ – a 440 pound seven-year-old lion – had his eye gouged out in a brutal battle in Botswana. One Eye has to squint to properly see as he prowls for prey

Lookalike: One Eye bared a striking resemblance to Scar, the villain in Disney's Lion King, after his eye was injured in battle

Lookalike: One Eye bared a striking resemblance to Scar, the villain in Disney’s Lion King, after his eye was injured in battle

One Eye squints as he plays with a tiny cub resembling Simba from the Disney film. Mr Malan thinks the eye was impaled by a buffalo horn or damaged in a fight with another male lion

One Eye squints as he plays with a tiny cub resembling Simba from the Disney film. Mr Malan thinks the eye was impaled by a buffalo horn or damaged in a fight with another male lion

Before: One Eye was captured on camera before his terrible injury in Khwai, Botswana, by local photographer Shaun Malan, 39

Before: One Eye was captured on camera before his terrible injury in Khwai, Botswana, by local photographer Shaun Malan, 39

Mr Malan said: 'Only a few days later he was out chasing zebras again.' Pictured: One Eye wading through some water in Botswana

Mr Malan said: ‘Only a few days later he was out chasing zebras again.’ Pictured: One Eye wading through some water in Botswana

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