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.