Sunday, 3 July 2016

Sibling Rivalry Between Tsavo Lions In Photographs

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A sibling lion telling off his brother

Sometimes an interesting photographic story just comes together before your very eyes without you having to seek it. Wildlife behavior is fascinating and at times quite unpredictable but with some good background knowledge on the species you are photographing, you can come up with some interesting results. 

We had first come across this duo of sub adult lions on our full day game drive at about 3:30pm. Knowing that the best time to generally see some kind of action between lions is an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset, we decided to part ways with them and catch up again later towards the end of the day. As we finished our evening safari watching cheetahs and were now on the drive back towards the lodge, we came back to these lions and clearly there was some tension in the air between the two brothers. The siblings big cat games seems to have got carried away alittle too far. All of a sudden the lion on the right leaped up towards its bigger brothers face with a roar of disapproval and seconds later followed with a heavy smack from its left paw. Having received the message, they both then made amends with a traditional lion head nuzzle.

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Seems that the scolding wasn't enough as it was swiftly followed by a heavy smack

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