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The Tsalala pride with 3 adult lionesses(Panthera leo),2 sub adult females and a single 3-4 month old cub were relaxing and playing under a tree near londolozi in the early morning. The Majingilane coalition of 4 males then showed up and lay down across a sand road and 2-300 metres from the Tsalala pride.The tsalala pride then approached the males very slowly with the original tailless lioness leading the way and her son eagerly following and the 2 sub adult females going very slowly .The male cub was not threatened as all the males mated with his mom ,but there was considerable concern with the 2 sub adults because not all 4 males mated with their mom and they were very anxious but very cuddly with each other as they got closer to the males.The male cub actually made the first approach and came right up to his father who let the cub jump all over him and was very tolerant of the cubs antics.Fortunately the males tolerated the 2 sub adults although they kept their distance from the males ,but on that day the little cub was the hero and no incidents ocurred!!

Londolozi ,South Africa

Canon 7d and canon 500mm lens f 5.6 1/640s iso 3200

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I am an amateur photographer and mostly photograph wildlife and have a special love for WILD big cats and birds.I am self taught and have never attended a course in photography.I exclusively photograph animals in the WILD which is always challenging! I use only canon equipment and now have 7d , t3i,and power shot 40 sx hs camera`s and use canon 28-135 mm,70-200mm f 2.8 ,100-400mm f 5.6,and 500mm f/4 lenses.

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  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 2 years ago

    Splendid capture Tony.

  • Thanks much,Mark :)

    – jozi1

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 2 years ago

    great work tony and cool story – i have been following the Majingilane pride on facebook recently and its so cool to keep informed. also been following notch from the mara and his 4 sons for years, there is also great updates on facebook for them. keep up the good work, love it !!

  • Thanks ,Dean,the web and communication these days is wonderful allowing us to keep up with these fascinating evolving real life families,hoping to see them live again next year:)

    – jozi1

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks,Ray :)

    – jozi1

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Tony.

  • Thanks my friend :)

    – jozi1

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 2 years ago

    A wonderful story!

  • Thanks much,Elizabeth,fortunate to see the story unfold in real life nature :)

    – jozi1

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossabout 2 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    17 December 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • My pleasure,Kon :)

    – jozi1

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 2 years ago

    Would love to see that little cub jumping up and down!! That would be just fantastic to see him approach his Dad! Glad you were there to capture it!

  • Thanks,Ciana was cool to see in person , got a shot of the cub on top of his father will upload later but not in perfect focus :)

    – jozi1

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 2 years ago

    You know all photos do not have to be in complete focus, it is what that picture says that counts! I would love to see it!

  • I know but it is personal ,but will send it it you :)

    – jozi1

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • My pleasure,David :)

    – jozi1

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