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on 5 month old lion cub survives 5 weeks alone!

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Adri Pretorius
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O man, this is so sad an glorious at the same time!!!! This Little One will be a fine Leader to his pride one day!!! Well done, and SPEEDY recovery – put some “meat” on that bones!!!!!!

jax
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so true! I hope to see him looking fatter in the weeks to come.

Jo
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What a very moving tale!! Nature is beautiful and ugly all at once and I sincerely hope that this pride can have it a bit easier for a while. If this little male survivies to adulthood he really will be something special!

Archna Singh
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I am speechless! What a courageous story! We all have so much to learn from them. I hope he recovers completely! He’s special! Am sure he will. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story.

Linda
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WOW – i am blown away by the story. Best news.

Leon Marais
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Nice write up of the story Adam!

Susie
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What a cracking story Adam! So happy to hear the missing cub has been found alive; just amazing….but even more amazing to see the great progress of the tailless female as this had just happened when we were there and our photos show her raw flesh….send shivers down my spine every time we look at it! Thanks for the updates…Matt and I are now avid readers of your blog to keep the Londolozi dream alive!!!

Juan Jose Rubio Coque
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What a fantastic story. It makes me think that sometimes miracles are possible. A true Christmas gift to all who follow the wildlife in Sabi Sand. Please, keep us informed on the progress of this little big hero. I wish with all my heart that he can recover and survive. Thank you very much

Adam Bannister
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The story is incredible is it not! I tell you what I reckon we do need to come up with a name for the little guy…let’s hear some suggestions from all of you.

Candice Jones
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What about ‘Serapis’? Serapis was an Egyptian god who was in charge of ascension. He’s like a physical fitness guru, he inspires, motivates, and provides hope for the future.

Sheena
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Tears of joy on reading your article, amazing – a survivor……

Amber Knieriem
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What wonderful news! He is a little scrapper. If we get to suggest names, then I say Odysseus, the Greek hero who wandered the earth and had many challenges that got in the way of him returning home to his family, but finally prevailed after a lengthy journey. I know you guys like to use local languages to name the animals though, but I don’t speak a word of those. 🙁

Linda
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I like ‘Cashile’ the zulu word meaning ‘be hidden’ (which is what this little guy did for five weeks) or the swahili word for live, exist, survivor which is ‘Kuishi’ or maybe we should just call him “Champ” because he is a little champion 🙂

Sal
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beautiful, uplifting, magical and moving…..
extraordinary pride made up of extraordinary lions….

Geri Potter
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I am in tears…of JOY! I am ecstatic that the mother is recovering and the 2 ‘lost’ cubs have been reunited with the pride! Once again, they teach us about hope, love, faith and the importance of family…..THANK YOU for sharing this remarkable, touching story!

What a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Jody
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Marc Weiner used to talk about the amazing recuperative powers of animals and this just proves the point. What a wonderful story. The Tsalalas are loved all over the world, and this adds to their mystery and majesty. Thank you for bringing a bit of joyy to so many of us who have worried about them all.

Amanda Graefin von der Schulenburg
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What an amazing story! It has been four years since my visit at Londolozi, but it seems like only yesterday when I was able to witness the spectacular wildlife there. Richard was my guide then, and it is no surprise he found the little miracle! I’m looking forward to more updates!

Marion
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I thought it would be cool to name him with the Shangaan word for miracle. But Google tells me that that would be “Singita”. LOL. The Zulu word for miracle is isimangaliso.
Beautiful story, hope he grows up to be a gorgeous, strong beast of a lion.

Lyn
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An amazing story of this young cub. Proof of the will to live and the strength, determination and perseverance of the little one to keep going. As for a name I think it should be Shangaan refelcting the character of this youngster. Not the first time I have heard of this survival instinct. There was a lioness cub of one of the prides which frequent another area of Sabi Sands who was separated from the pride when the Mapogos were wreaking their havoc in that area. She was gone for two weeks and then was re-united with the pride.
I have resorted to using the internet for ideas so if the spelling or translations are incorrect I apologise.
bubezi – big lion
ku va nghala – to be a lion (means to be brave)
ku lwa xinghala – fight like a lion
matimba – power, strength – (name of a leopard in SS I think)
ntamu – strength, power, force
ponile – survival
salawaxe – the one who was left alone – (unofficial name of the lioness named Sandy Patch now deceased)
xaniseki – he who has suffered (the last cub of Salawaxe also deceased)
Xivindzi – brave one ……. (name of leopardess cub in Sabi Sands)
yambilu (Mbilu) – heart
vaviseki – to suffer
vuthlari -wisdom, intelligence, cleverness
qondo – knowledge, common sense (zulu)
Mogale – brave one – was also the name of a king who ruled around 1800 Kgosi Mogale and an urban area

Adam Bannister
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Thanks Lyn for the time you obviously put into the naming of this little treasure. I agree it should be a shangaan word that when translated into english is something very powerful! Im going to ask some of the trackers here for words they think best describe him.

Kristin
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Amazing post – thank you so much for sharing. Ever since we saw the cubs in early October I have enjoyed following their story on the blog. This is incredible news and I look forward to hearing what happens next!

Liz
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Thank you so much Adam and Talley for a remarkable tale of life in the bush. What a marvelous little soul to have survived the odds and for fate to have brought him together with his older cousin and ultimately reunited with this resilient pride. It fills me with joy, and wonder. May he grow from strength to strength and become a Majestic and Proud Lion. Fantastic pride, love them. Is he likely to be an offspring of the Majingilanes? Maybe he should be named ‘Resilence’ or ‘Survivor’ but in Shangaan. Thanks so much for keeping us updated. How about a name for BB2 as well. So hope I get to see them in Feb!!

Meghann Rosenberg
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What a truly amazing story! Brought tears to my eyes, I’m so happy that the male cub was reunited with his family!!

rangerdiaries.com
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Great piece, as always great writing Adam

irene nathanson
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Tears of joy as I read your words Adam. I have been looking at my photos of Tsalala pride sharing them with friends and family. So happy I captured photos of the pride and the two young cubs. Melancholy sharing them thinking that one was gone just two days after I photographed these adorable creatures… He should have a name. Thanks for the wonderful to news

Sandy Johnson
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This is such amazing news! My heart was broken when I first read of the attack and presumed death of the cub. I look every day at a picture of one of the cubs which I have as a screensaver on my computer. I like to think it is this one. I like a previous poster’s suggestion to call him Champ. This news has made my day! Good luck Champ and mom.

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Talk about the strong shall survive. This young male should be the new “King of the Jungle” when he grows up. What an amazing story. Good luck little one.

Iren Juppa
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Hi Adam, ……. Simply “SIMBA”. ♥♥ :-))

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