Lion Cubs

Photo Details: Lion cubs (Panthera leo) take time out after wrestling and rolling around in the grass, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP); Lens: Canon EOS 80-200 F2.8 zoom; Focal Length: 200mm; Shutter speed: 1/250; Aperture: f2.8; ISO: 400; Date: 31 May 2009, 5.03pm

Additional Info: At this age, around four to six weeks old, lion cubs are very like domestic kittens – cuddly, playful bundles of fur. But the size of the paws is a dead giveaway, a sobering reminder of how big, dangerous and distinctly uncuddly these cats will eventually be.

When I was in Mashatu at the end of December, I photographed two different male lions mating with one of the pride females, so it’s more than likely that these cubs are the result. Lioness gestation period is 110 days, which would make the birth date around April 20, meaning the cubs are approximately six weeks old, which could be about right.




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