New Image – Lioness carrying cub, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania


March 2010, after some really heavy rains in the Southern Serengeti. Along a flooded valley a of Lioness had given birth to two small cubs. While guiding some keen photographers one afternoon, one of the most amazing scenes I ever saw, but couldn’t photograph. We found the Lioness and her sister lying by the side of the gulley. Lots of Yellow-billed Storks and Marabou Storks were flying above the flowing water, or perching on the top of the bushes and the Acacias. All of a sudden one of the Lionesses got up and trotted right towards the gulley, in the water. We watched her but we couldn’t understand what was she up to. Suddenly she leaped in the air a good couple of meters and caught in mid-air a Marabou flying low above the water. None of us had the camera ready, lesson learnt. Always be ready for the unexpected! Later she gave us a small compensation, as she went to a bush and came out with this tiny and fluffy cub in her mouth. She probably wanted to take it further away from the flowing water. Notice the abundance of flies on her face.

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