By Ellie Duncombe
This sassy lioness has no problem putting this inquisitive male lion in his place after he gets in between her and her meal.
The moment was caught on camera by Catherine Van Eyk and Matthew McCreesh, both 27, back in December at the Kruger National Park after the group of lioness were enjoying the carcass of a wildebeest.
Catherine said: “The male Lions were feeding on a wildebeest carcass and had finished most of it.
“When the females arrived you could see they were hungry and ran to the carcass to start eating immediately.
“The females started to eat furiously while the male came to smell her and was bothering her, she turned around and gave him a nasty swipe in the face, claws out and teeth bearing.
“He was taken by surprise.”
This lioness seems very unimpressed and takes a swipe at the lion before going back to munch on her meal.
Catherine said: “It was very exciting to watch.
“It’s not often to see these huge strong animals in such action.
“They spend most of their day sleeping.
“It was also great to see the female standing up to the male.
“We only saw the two females but had been told that this pride had cubs in the area.
“It is very likely that they cubs were not far away and possibly more females with the pride.”