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Adorable Lion Cubs Annoy Their Sleeping Father Despite His Roars

Kids love teasing their fathers, but you would have to be very careful if he’s also a dangerous beast.

The grumpy lion lets out an almighty roar as his cheeky cubs annoy him by playing with his tail in Masai Mara National Reserve

As their father snoozed in the sun, these mischievous lion cubs sought to test his tolerance by playing with his tail.

The lion cubs were in the mood for fun and were fascinated by their dad's bushy tail as he tried to sleep in the savanna

To try and warn the youngsters, the majestic predator let loose with a thunderous roar.

Enough's enough: The lion startles his cheeky cubs with a ferocious roar to stop them playing with his tail, but they kept coming back for more

But the cheeky little devils didn’t seem to be deterred, though, and kept coming back for more fun with his tail.

Dangerous game: The lion cubs pestered their dad for about half an hour before he eventually got up and found somewhere quieter to sleep

He eventually gave up and went in search of solitude someplace else.

Leave me alone! The lion kept roaring at his annoying cubs as they kept playing with his tail and eventually wandered off to find some peace

The hilarious moment was captured on camera at the Mara National Reserve, in Kenya by Ingo Gerlach, a 66-year-old German photographer

The grumpy dad gets increasingly annoyed as the cubs interrupt his nap in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve

Talking about the scene, he says that “There were three females and about eight children. They were maybe six weeks old.”

German photographer Ingo Gerlach captured the scene in the savanna as the grumpy lion roars at his cheeky cubs

“Sometime later we also saw the male lion. He was the only inactive one of the lion family. He dozed at the edge of a bush and had no desire at all to take care of the family.”

The lion kept roaring at his annoying cubs as they kept playing with his tail and eventually wandered off to find some peace

“At one point the cheeky lion cubs discovered the bushy tail of their dad. They played with it for a short time before the dad threatened his offspring with licked teeth.”

The cheeky cubs didn't seem scared when their dad furiously roared at them and kept coming back to annoy him again

“This succeeded also for perhaps five seconds, then the lion babies wanted to play further with the end of the tail which was very bushy.”

The cubs kept playing with their dad's tail for about half an hour and weren't put off by their dad roaring at them in annoyance

The cubs persisted to play with their father’s fluffy tail for around half an hour despite their dad’s continuous roaring in irritation.

Photographer Ingo Gerlach took the snaps in Kenya and said: 'I had a lot of fun capturing this funny scene with my camera.

“The offspring were stubborn though and they continued to annoy their dad until he threatened the little ones.”

The cubs kept playing with their dad's tail for about half an hour and weren't put off by their dad roaring at them in annoyance

“The quarrel went on for half an hour before the lion moved to a nearby bush. I had a lot of fun capturing this funny scene with my camera.”

The funny scene was caught on camera by German photographer Ingo Gerlach, 66, during a trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya

“With my numerous journeys into the Masai Mara, I had never been able to photograph such a thing.”

The lion cubs were in the mood for fun and were fascinated by their dad's bushy tail as he tried to sleep in the savanna

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Written by Joe Kahlo