- A three-month-old lion cub set about playfully taunting her siblings
- She sunk her teeth and claws into her brother before they turned on her
- The lion pride were photographed in the Serengeti plains, Tanzania
By Alex Ward
PUBLISHED: 16:22 GMT, 3 October 2012 | UPDATED: 18:18 GMT, 3 October 2012
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Sibling rivalry starts from a young age and for this cheeky lion cub, taunting her older siblings was way too much fun to worry about the consequences.
The feisty female, only about three-months-old quickly set about wreaking havoc after she was the first of her pride to wake from an afternoon snooze.
But while she playfully teased her older siblings, it was not long until they ganged up on her, pushed her in the mud and chased her up a tree in the Serengeti plains in Tanzania.
Wildlife photographer Elliott Neep captured the pride playtime in stunning photographs.
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‘Lions can be both the most boring and the most thrilling of animals to watch.
‘Most of the time they laze around and sleep and other times, like this, they are full of energy, chasing and fighting.’
Mr Neep, who works as a photographic guide, said the photographs had the ‘cute factor’.
He said: ‘In terms of how I rate these photos, they are certainly up there on the cute factor alone.
‘The images of the cub biting the back of the other cub and the tail biting one are particular favourites of mine.
‘When we arrived at the scene all was quiet and the lions were sleeping in the shade but the skies had grown increasingly heavy and rain was imminent.
‘The first lions to wake were two young cubs, who started suckling from their mother, she was in a very bad mood though and snarled at them.
‘As the young female continued to fight and chase the older cubs, they pinned her to the ground and rolled her around in the mud.
‘The cub was following its natural instinct when she fled to the higher ground of the tree.’
The Serengeti plains are dominated by vast short grass plains populated by wildebeest, large numbers of gazelle and predators including lions, cheetahs and leopards.
There are also lakes in the area which attract plenty of flamingos and smaller cats such as Serval and Caracal.