By Anthony Bond
PUBLISHED: 11:24 GMT, 14 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:34 GMT, 14 June 2012
He may be one of the world’s most fearsome predators, but this lion clearly still has plenty of work to do when it comes to attracting the opposite sex.
The loved-up lion had taken a fancy to this lioness and spent an entire morning attempting to woo her.
But after making it perfectly clear on numerous occasions that she wasn’t interested, she finally snapped.
As these incredible pictures show, she lashed out with her paw and gave the hopeless romantic a fierce slap around his face.
Mr Thomas, 45, from St Helens, Merseyside, said: ‘The male was pestering her from the moment I arrived before sunrise until I left late morning.
‘He was just impatient waiting and kept chancing his luck. Each time the female moved the male would take his chance and approach her.
‘Over time, she got pretty fed up with his advances. The moans became grumbles, the grumbles became growls and then she finally gave him what for with a left hook.
‘But even after that he didn’t give up. One picture taken later that morning shows he was still optimistic but she was still in no mood for his advances.’
However it seems that his persistence did eventually pay off.
Mr Thomas added: ‘He did finally get to mate with her, but on her terms and when she was ready. She was obviously in no mood to be hurried.
‘This behaviour from a male lion is not unusual.
‘I’m sure some would say human males adopt a similar technique but perhaps a more patient and subtle approach would have saved him a slap.’