THESE incredible pictures capture the moment a young female lion shows a young male lion who’s boss.
The pair, from the same pride in Kenya’s Masai Mara, show the male jumping on his hind legs in a futile attempt to get the upper hand – before she knocks him on to his back.
Photographer Kevin Rooney documented the scene in the Mara North Conservancy in November.
He explains: “Our guide, Johnson from Kicheche Bush Camp, informed us they are all young adults from the same pride.
“They were just very playful and honing their stalking and pouncing skills on each other after we came across them.
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“The initial sparring then led to a short bout of boxing, with a couple of decent jabs, crosses and uppercuts.
“I think it was pretty much a split decision on which of the playful adversaries won the bout, and looking through my images that evening, it made me and my wife Karen both grin and realise how special it had been.”
The Masai Mara is home to the largest population of big cats in Africa, with more than 800 in the area.
Photographer Kevin Rooney documented the scene in the Mara North Conservancy in NovemberCredit: Cover ImagesHero female cop fights a MOUNTAIN LION with her bare hands before it is shot dead by her colleagues