In what might be the cutest piece of evidence that lions are just like housecats, this guy, well, got stuck in a tree. So embarrassing.

The lion had climbed into the tree in search of some shade but ended up clinging on after his cheeky brother dragged him down.

But the joke soon backfired on the bigger brother, who ended up being used as a sturdy platform by the younger sibling.

The two lions, named Echo and Etosha, left onlookers in Zimbabwe roaring with laughter.

Although they are both related, Echo is better known for his cat demeanour, while Etosha has a reputation for being a fearless hunter.

Photographer David Jenkins, 40, was the only person to snap the big cats in action but thankfully the only thing that took a bruising was the lion's pride.

David, from Dublin, Ireland, was one of a lucky handful of people who managed to witness the comical moment and said: 'Echo had no trouble getting into the tree but was not so confident climbing down until his brother arrived.

'It was really funny to watch as Echo got himself more and more into trouble.

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