Into the Lions den, ........two 7 day old cubs w/nursing mum.

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Very privileged to have found this lioness and her two 7 day old cubs, their blue eyes have only just opened which occurs any time between 6 to 10 days. The second is lying across the lap of the visible one.
Lions often use a secluded marsh such as this to hide their cubs for their first few weeks of life. Just metres away was her sister who was also nursing 2 cubs of around 4 weeks of age.
Very rarely does one achieve any sort of clear view with cubs this young, mum will always take advantage of heavy cover to hide them until she moves them again within a few weeks.

This was a very special sighting.

Namiri Plains, Serengeti-TZ.

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7.00am next day.

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Welcome back! Superb images, as usual! Sweet lighting and a clear view! Jackpot!

I was in Tanzania in March. We found a melanistic serval in the open and a cheetah with 5 healthy cubs. Due to the heavy rains, roads were tough to navigate. One day each of our 3 vehicles got stuck and had to be pulled out - one vehicle got stuck twice that morning!
 
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Many thanks Karen, you were fortunate to get there in March, granted everything shut down very soon after.

I was in Tanzania in March. We found a melanistic serval in the open

This would likely be "Manja" photographed Aug '19. Here:
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and a cheetah with 5 healthy cubs.
And that could also possibly be Moma Sita and her 5 when they were just 10 weeks old here:
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Many thanks Karen, you were fortunate to get there in March, granted everything shut down very soon after.




This would likely be "Manja" photographed Aug '19. Here:
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And that could also possibly be Moma Sita and her 5 when they were just 10 weeks old here:
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BINGO! Great shot of Manja! I got her in mid-leap....in addition to some nice poses, albeit in deep grass.

The cubs were doing well, although Moma Sita failed to get food for the family while we were there.
 
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