THAT IS NOT THE WAY YOU HOLD ON TO A LADY!

After a few days of mating the Lion female had enough and wanted to go off hunting. But here mate tried to hold on ๐Ÿ˜Š

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AT NIGHT

Has it happened to you that you drive down the road at night and that you run into some cats?

Well, our cats ‘own’ the road at night and we have to follow them patiently. No overtaking! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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A SMALL MEAL

Because this kill was very small the more dominant of the female Lions did not allow cubs on the kill other than her own.

When they tried to sneak in they got a bit of a hiding.

And it got a bit noisy. What a sighting at Thanda Safari!

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FOLLOWING THE LADY

Once male Lions find a female in estrous they are very persistent. And even after they mated for a few days our two males were trailing the lady for quite a while!

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Heavy Breathing!

Heavy breathers ๐Ÿ˜Š Thanda Safari’s male Lions (coalition) were strolling past the Green Mamba this afternoon, breathing rather heavily. The ultra-wide-angle lens of my new iPhone Pro Max captures the scene very nicely ๐Ÿฆ

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Let’s talk about big cats II

The five members of the genus Panthera are also called the ‘big cats’.

This is one of my favorite portraits of large cat species number 2, the Lion (p.leo). There are only two subspecies, African and Asiatic Lions and they are the only gregarious cat species living in family groups.

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PERFECT …

… ripples in the water were create by this Lioness having a drink. Have a good weekend!

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A ROUGH AFFAIR

For Lions mating is a somewhat rough affair.

Frist, the male’s penis is barbed which cannot be fun for the female.

Second, at the end of most copulations the lady gives the gentleman a good smack in the face with her clawed paw.

And third, they mate for a few days running – in average every 20 to 30 minutes – until they are both completely exhausted and very hungry.

And during all this time the male has to make sure that no other male gets close to them and that his lady does not move to close to another admirer.

A Lion’s life, a rough life!

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