Wow, great stuff. Do we know why the one cub is limping?
They were in the middle of a game a tug-of-war with a piece of impala skin when their mother gave them a faint grunt. They immediately knew what it meant…trouble was brewing and they dare not question her instruction. The 4 Tsalala Pride cubs scattered into the thicket running for safety. Playtime was over!
Trouble walked down into the drainage line; trouble taking the form of one of the notorious Majingilane coalition. Having smelt his offspring he came in to investigate, perhaps to get a first glance at what he had sired! Still relatively young as a male lion, this may be one of the first litters he has fathered and his inexperience and unpredictability may be what triggered the next motion. The mother immediately intercepted the male, bravely beating him around the ears; sending out a clear message that even though he may be the father he was still not truly welcome to walk in and out of these cubs lives.
The Majingilanes actions over the past half year have shown, time and time again, that they are unpredictable in nature and one needs to err on the side of safety. This little interaction would send a direct message to the male that he needs to be cautious of this mother…she is a tough girl who is willing to stand up and fight in order to protect her latest litter. Protective motherly instincts reign over all…
He would be allowed to interact with the cubs but on her rules of engagement…
Filmed by: Mike Miller
Filed under Wildlife
Hi Morty, you can find out more about the cubs here: http://blog.londolozi.com/2011/03/update-tsalala-pride-cubs/