We came across these young lions (Panthera leo) feasting on a zebra while on a night drive in the Timbavati reserve in South Africa. The rangers were having a hard time containing their excitement as they watched the cubs eagerly gorging themselves. Apparently, the two lionesses of the pride were both young and inexperienced, and both first time mothers. Having not yet sufficiently honed their hunting skills, they had had difficulty in bringing down anything larger than impala . In typical lion fashion, they had simply used brute force to push aside their own cubs in order to fill their own bellies, leaving the cubs in an increasing state of distress, barely being kept alive by the scraps that the two lionesses had not been able to consume. The rangers had watched the pitiful state of the emaciated cubs continue to deteriorate, and had all but given up hope that they would survive. They had estimated another day or two would be all the cubs could last, so were ecstatic that the lionesses had finally been able to bring down an adult Zebra, providing more than enough to go around for the entire pride.
Timbavati reserve, South Africa