A wounded buffalo turns the tables on a group of hunters in this footage of a near-deadly encounter, ploughing into a land manager and tossing him into the air.
The dramatic footage shows the man running for his life as the furious animal hurtles towards him during the expedition in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Horrified hunters, who were hidden out of the animal’s line of sight behind some bushes, watch helplessly as the man fails to get out of its way in time.
The man then rolls over the top of the charging beast, which gores his leg, and is flung into the air before crashing to the ground.
The animal, which became enraged after being struck by an arrow, is then shot dead by the hunting party.
The land manager rolls over the top of the charging beast and is flung into the air before crashing to the ground
The injured man, whose name was withheld, was assisting the group of hunters when he was attacked by the animal.
The animal’s horns appear to have caught the man’s leg, with blood seen streaming out of his calf.
But he otherwise appears to have escaped largely unscathed, even standing up and brushing himself off after the attack.
The buffalo however met a grisly end as the hunter shot a barrage of bullets at it, going back to shoot it again to make sure it is dead.
The incident happened when the buffalo ran away after being hit by an arrow.
The group wanted to avoid leaving the animal suffering overnight so they called the land manager to bring a firearm.
Action-packed footage of the incident was captured by videographer Martin Müller, 43, who was hired to film the hunting trip.
The expedition was booked by an American client, also not named, who hired Martin and a professional hunter to assist him.
Martin, who owns a production company in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, said: ‘The client had taken a bow shot.
‘It definitely hit the right spot – the lungs – but it must have deflected off a bone.
‘It still hit the lung but it was very shallow and the buffalo ran off.
‘It was just myself, the hunter and the client. We followed the blood for four kilometres before calling the land manager.
‘We left a 100 metre buffer zone from the last spot of blood we saw in case the buffalo doubled back and waited for the car.’
The animal’s horns appear to have caught the man’s leg, with blood seen streaming out of his calf
The land manager arrived with the client’s rifle. He also brought two dogs to assist in tracking the wounded buffalo.
He separated from the group but stayed in the safe zone, trying to pick up on the animal’s trail using dogs.
Unexpectedly, the buffalo was less than 20m away and began chasing the lone man toward the rest of the group.
The hunter couldn’t shoot as the land manager was in his line of fire but as the animal flipped the landowner, the client took a shot and hit the buffalo.
Martin said: ‘It must have circled back and come closer than we thought.
‘The guys were 20 meters away and they were still in the safe zone.’
He continued: ‘We spoke to the client and told him that was risky shot but he said he was on the buffalo the whole time.
The hunter couldn’t shoot as the land manager was in his line of fire but as the animal flipped the landowner, the client took a shot and hit the buffalo
‘In hindsight, you can disapprove but if you look at the angle he was at that man wasn’t even in his line of sight.
‘It was still a split-second decision and it could have gone either way.’
The land manager was treated in hospital with only minor injuries.
Martin added: ‘The pro hunters always have a first aid box. We cleaned the wound off and sent him to hospital.
‘He was happy to be alive when he got back. It might have been a combo of realising how lucky he was and the drugs but he was happy.’
The incident took place in 2021 but Martin only revealed the footage after it was released by the client this month.