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.
Wildlife and nature
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