It takes years of training to become king of the wild. But learning the ropes can be a humbling ordeal for a young lion cub.
The precise maneuvers of many animal battles are a matter of instinct, but for some young fighters, they have to learn the hard way.
Like human teenagers, adolescent lions are awkward, but eager.
At this age, they'll try to eat anything.
But when it comes to hunting, they still have a lot to learn.
Baboons spend most of their time foraging on the ground.
But in times of danger, they can take to the trees...and use them to their advantage.
Lions have sharp claws, but they're not great climbers.
But that doesn't stop these young lions from trying.
Their potential prey doesn't seem too worried.
Adult lions rarely chase baboons, and the youngsters are about to find out why.
First, one gets stuck...and there's no fire department to come get this big cat out of the tree.
And the baboon has her own way of telling these incompetent hunters to get lost.
Sticks double as missiles.
Then, she unleashes the ultimate chemical weapon—urine.
And the overgrown cubs beat a hasty retreat.
They've just learned an important lesson—don't bother with baboons!