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Into the Lions den.. two 7 day old cubs w/nursing mum.


Posted by Marc on Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:55 am

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Very privileged to have found this lioness and her two 7 day old cubs, their blue eyes have only just opened which occurs any time between 6 to 10 days.
Lions often use a secluded marsh such as this to hide their cubs for their first few weeks of life. Just metres away was her sister who was also nursing 2 cubs of around 4 weeks of age.
Very rarely does one achieve any sort of clear view with cubs this young, mum will always take advantage of heavy cover to hide them until she moves them again within a few weeks.

Namiri Plains, Eastern Serengeti- TZ.

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Marc


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by SantaFeJoe on Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:18 am
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What a privilege to be so close to them. Those little claws already look like they can do some damage!

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by david fletcher on Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:55 am
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The little ones look so cute. Times will change for them. Wonderful image Marc!
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by Ron Day on Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:41 pm
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Thank you for sharing this rare view of these cute cubs, Marc! Very nicely done!
 

by Carol Clarke on Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:24 pm
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What a great capture of this so precious sighting, Marc!  So young, so vulnerable - even the top predators can be wiped out at this tender age.  Thanks for sharing this intimate family scene.  :) 

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by ADKShooter on Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:13 pm
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A fortunate find indeed. Well done all around.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:12 am
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Pretty amazing to get to see this rarity! They look so vulnerable at that age-beautiful shot!
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