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Mother's Pride

By HP1485  
This was the first family of lions we photographed in Kenya. The three older cubs belong to the lioness, whilst the younger one was literally dumped on the family by another mother who left to go hunting and never returned for her cub. We followed this family for the six days we spent in the Mara and were delighted to see that the female cub had adopted the little one as her own. The lioness had actually weaned her cubs and wasn't keen to suckle the newcomer so we were anxious that it would not survive. After a few days, we witnessed a wonderful scene with the lioness suckling the youngster. The two male cubs played quite boistrously with their new sibling until the female cub stepped in to make sure her charge wasn't injured in the rough play.

Tags: Travel Lions Kenya Golden light Lion cubs Masai mara Wildlife and nature

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
22 Nov 2011 12:48AM
What a wonderful narrative to accompany your fine family shot and adoptee: beautifully arranged group within the frame.
A very heart warming story.
And what an experience it must have been to be there and witnessed all this.

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2011 4:21AM
Wonderful story, stunning photograph.
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
22 Nov 2011 7:04AM
Fabulous capture.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
22 Nov 2011 7:17AM
fabulous shot and storyline - great outcome Smile
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2011 9:44AM
An excellent shot and a fascinating story.
22 Nov 2011 8:00PM
Beautiful shot!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Dec 2011 12:46AM
A great image and title, deserves more votes

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