Leave it out, mate! Feisty lioness slaps a lion to put him in his place.
Captured on the luscious green plains of Tanzania in the Ndutu area.
The fighting pair were also spotted baring their teeth and giving each other dirty looks.
Game reserve manager, Giuseppe D’amico, snapped the domestic dispute while on the prowl for photo opportunities.
Giuseppe, 59, said: ‘I was there because of the many photographic opportunities”
‘These photos were taken in Tanzania, in the Ndutu area, at the southern border of the Serengeti.
‘The pictures show the frequent quarrels between the two lions in love.’
Feisty lioness slaps a lion
The duelling pair can be exchanging painful blows as they spar in the middle of a dusty clearing in the African savanna
The enraged male lion doesn’t seem too happy to have been slapped and can be seen giving a venemous scowl after the hit
Not content with landing a single shot on her male counterpart, the lioness goes back for a second round of slaps after her initial foray
At one point the lion looks to have sustained a cut to its upper lip as it back away from the lioness and bares its enormous teeth
It soon becomes clear who’s winning the battle as the female. It stands her ground while the stunned male trots around her in a circle
The dramatic photos were taken in the Tanzanian area of Ndutu by game reserve manager Giuseppe D’amico.
Close-ups show the beasts in boxer-like poses as the male lion receives a bludgeoning haymaker from the livid female lioness