Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Lion cub stalking towards the camera in green grass beside a waterhole. The eyes of the cub are fully focused on the wildlife photographer. The lion cub has its right front leg lifted.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 14 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/1800s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5302 by 3534 pixels (WxH).

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While the lion cub is stalking towards the camera, its right leg is raised, and paw bent as it slowly creeps forward. Gaze locked on its’ prey, and it has its tail raised straight up in the air. This lion cub is stalking its sibling further off to the right. They are practicing for hunting and fighting.

The older lion cubs of pride will generally bully the smaller cubs during rough play fighting and stealing the mothers’ milk. Similar to humans, lion cubs are born without teeth. That means they rely on their mothers’ milk until they are 6-7 months old. After that, they still rely on their mothers for protection and the hunting of meat. Cubs are very adventurous and like to explore, as well as socializing by playing with others. By the time they are two years old, they have learned all that they need to from their mothers and can then take care of themselves. The pride will then chase the young male lions out. The reason being is that they threaten the rule of the already existing dominant male of the pride.

The lion, Panthera Leo, is in the category vulnerable in the IUCN red list.

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