Buzz off! Lions’ snooze
in the shade is ruined when they are attacked by a swarm of pesky bees (Photographer Andrew Forsyth)
This is the moment a sleepy pride of lions had their afternoon snooze in
the shade interrupted by a furious swarm of bees.
The lions struggled to defend themselves when the insects launched an
attack near a watering hole in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Despite their fierce reputation, the big cats were too slow to swat the
angry bees away and become increasingly frustrated in the 40C heat.
The African bee is known to be more aggressive than European honey bees and
while their sting is no more venomous, they usually attack in greater numbers
and target more frequently.
The pictures, captured by wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth, 47, who
likened the scenes to a boxing match.
He said: ‘It was like watching a contest between a lightweight and
heavyweight boxer, with the lightweight just moving around scoring with little
jabs that slowly wore the opponent down.’
He said the Kalahari lions were relatively easy to spot with daytime
temperatures in excess of 40C.
'Lions spend much of their daytime sleeping so for wildlife photographers
most our time with lions is spent waiting for something interesting to happen.
The intervention of the bees provided some welcome entertainment, although the
lions weren’t amused.’
During the process of photographing the animals, Mr Forsyth himself was
stung by one of the bee.