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Lioness Gives Male a Scolding As She Is Not Happy With Him Playfighting With Kids

We all know the male lion, with its majestic mane and terrifying roar as the king of the jungle.

But maybe these pictures will show us who’s really in charge.

As you can see below, the male lion is receiving an earful from his counterpart lioness after a playfight with their children went a little too far for her liking.

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Yes dear: The male lion cowers as the lioness lets him know exactly how she feels about his playfighting at the National Zoo in Washington DC

He pinned his daughter, Lusaka to the ground, in a show of anger and asserting who’s boss after the playful cub wouldn’t stop nipping at his tail.

The father, called Luke, had pinned his daughter Lusaka to the ground in mock anger after the playful cub had repeatedly nipped his tail.

So the female lioness, AKA the queen of the jungle, didn’t hesitate to let the male know exactly how she felt.

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Courting controversy: The playful cub grabs hold of her dad's tail as he pretends not to notice

The playful cub wouldn’t stop nipping at her dads tail, here he pretends not to notice.

But it clearly became a little too much for the father who eventually decided to join in the playfight and show his daughter who’s boss.

But the fun came to a stop when the protective mother arrived and began to scold the male while baring her teeth.

Cat and mouse: The male has a look that would stop a wildebeest at 50 metres as the female cub makes good her escape

These stunning images were recorded by Jennifer Lockridge who is an amateur photographer and was in the right place at the right time.

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Daddy's girl: The cub rolls playfully over on to her back as the male catches up to her

‘The particular cub, Lusaka, is particularly feisty and is always one of the last ones to go inside when called. Lusaka is definitely a “daddy’s girl” and seems to be the most enamoured with her father,’ says the photographer.

‘As the cubs have gotten braver, they approach Luke easily wanting to engage him in play.

Catfight: Lusaka, a five-month-old cub, is devoted to her father, who has just been allowed near his seven children in the zoo

‘I don’t believe he realised she was biting his tail and he didn’t seem to be very upset. Lusaka has a habit of biting the tails of her siblings as well as the adults.’

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Joe Kahlo

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