No one likes to be interrupted in an intimate moment, but few of us react with bared teeth and physical blows.
This, however, is what happens when you stop a lion from having sex.
The ferocious male big cats showed their teeth as they traded blows in Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa.
The masculine show of aggression broke out after one of the lions approached the other during mating.
When the male interrupted lashed out, the powerful cats took turns to take swipes at each other.
Finance assistant Johan Peter Meiring believes the lions were fighting over the same female.
He said: “There were two females and two males next to the road.
“The one couple was mating every five to ten minutes.
“The one subordinate male approached a bit too close for comfort to the larger dominant male, causing him to attack.”
Shortly after the brawl the two began mating again,” he added.
Although the pictures show a scary display, it’s not unusual for lions to fight over a femal e.
It is even known for brothers to compete for the affections of the same lioness.
Powerful males often brawl to gain leadership of a pride, with the winner sometimes killing off younger lions to eliminate further competition.