By Saloni Mathur


A TERRITORIAL lion issued a warning roar after a photographer strayed close to his treetop lookout post.

The fascinating images of majestic lions chilling out on a tree branch prove that the kings of the jungle can really behave just like oversized cats.

These two male lions were captured enjoying a lazy afternoon ten feet above the ground in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.

These lions were in the park’s Ishasha sector, known for its tree-climbing pride of lions, and this pair stayed up for almost four hours.

This trait is not so common in lions from other parts of Africa, along with the Ishasha sector.

The only other place where they can find climbing trees is Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.

These rare images were captured by 35-year-old Safari specialist and wildlife photographer Charlie Potter from London.

“It is very rare to see males alone in the trees without females and to be sat so close to one another on a branch like they are in these images,” he said.

“You can see from their full bellies that they have recently successfully hunted and eaten.

“During the time I spent with them, they groomed one another, almost congratulating one another on a job well done and strengthening their brotherly bond.”