Demonstrated by an experienced professional. Don't try this at home.
Locked in combat: Mother lion takes on deadly crocodile to give cubs safe swim across river
Kerry McDermott, Daily Mail U.K., 24 July 2012 (hat tip: NC)
Scanning the surface of the water, her amber eyes alight upon a threat to her pride - a deadly crocodile lurking in the river that the family of lions must cross.
The fiercely protective lioness did not hesitate, leaping into the water and grappling with the reptile to allow the rest of the pride to cross the river in safety.
Surprise works well in diversionary attacks as well: helps reduce the loses. Note that the action occurs so quickly that the photographer only realizes what has happened after she reviews her shots.
|Lioness diverting crocodile (more photos here photographer Pia Dierickx's website)|