Terrifying moment wounded buffalo turns the tables on a hunter by tossing him in the air and goring his leg – before the beast is finally shot dead by victim’s friends in South Africa

A wounded buffalo turns the tables on a group of hunters in this footage of a near-fatal encounter, plowing into a land manager and throwing him into the air.

The dramatic footage shows the man running for his life as the furious animal charges towards him during the expedition in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Terrified hunters, who were hidden behind some bushes out of the animal’s line of sight, watched helplessly as the man failed to get out of his way in time.

The man then rolls over the top of the charging beast, which chokes his leg, and is flung into the air before crashing to the ground.

The animal, enraged after being hit 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 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 has been withheld, was assisting the group of hunters when he was attacked by the animal.

The beast’s horns appear to have caught the man’s leg, with blood pouring out of his calf.

But he otherwise seems to have escaped largely unscathed, even getting up and brushing himself off after the attack.

However, the buffalo met a gruesome end when the hunter fired a barrage of bullets at it and went back to shoot it again to make sure it was dead.

The incident happened when the buffalo ran away after being hit by an arrow.

The group wanted to avoid making the animal suffer overnight and called the grounds manager to bring a firearm.

Action-packed footage of the incident was captured by videographer Martin Müller (43), who was hired to film the hunt.

The expedition was booked by an American client, also unnamed, who hired Martin and a professional hunter to assist him.

Martin, who owns a production company in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, said: ‘The client took a bow.

‘It definitely hit the right place – the lungs – but it must have deflected off a leg.

‘It still hit the lung, but it was very shallow and the buffalo ran away.

‘It was just me, the hunter and the client. We followed the blood for four kilometers before calling the grounds manager.

“We left a 100 meter buffer zone from the last spot of blood we saw in case the buffalo doubled back and waited for the car.”

The beast's horns apparently caught the man's leg, with blood pouring out of his calf

The beast’s horns apparently caught the man’s leg, with blood pouring out of his calf

The grounds manager arrived with the customer’s gun. He also brought two dogs with him to help track down the wounded buffalo.

He separated from the group but remained in the safe zone and tried to pick up the animal’s track with dogs.

Unexpectedly, the buffalo was less than 20 m away and started chasing the lone man towards the rest of the group.

The hunter was unable to shoot as the land manager was in his line of fire, but when the animal turned the land owner, 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 customer and told him it was a risky shot but he said he was on the buffalo the whole time.

The hunter was unable to shoot as the land manager was in his line of fire, but when the animal turned the land owner, the client took a shot and hit the buffalo

The hunter was unable to shoot as the land manager was in his line of fire, but when the animal turned the land owner, the client took a shot and hit the buffalo

“In hindsight you can disapprove of it, but if you look at the corner he was going to, 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 ground manager was treated in hospital with only minor injuries.

Martin added: ‘The professional hunters always have a first aid kit. We cleaned the wound and sent him to the hospital.

‘He was glad to be alive when he came back. It may have been a combination of realizing how lucky he was and the drugs, but he was happy.’

The incident took place in 2021, but Martin only released the footage after it was released by the client this month.