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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Lost Lion Cub Found

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Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Who doesn’t love this happy ending. Yes hopefully lesson learned. Perhaps this will be the future leader of the pride

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Lucky little devil! So glad he (she) made it!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

You win or you learn, very, very true.

sjoe…thanx goodness!

Jen Lum
Digital Ranger

WOW! What a story for the day! Got my heart racing and running abound! – The lone individuality of the little Ntsevu cub whilst his thought to feed his little tummy versus stay with his family was gutzy, while also very instinctual to take care of his own survival needs upon having a meal, even at risk. – Likewise, the latter, of his mama “taking head count,” realizing that one of her cubs was missing, says a lot about the instincts of a lioness, even if it was on delayed realization.
What a venture you boys (rangers) went on! Always a wonderful daily Londolozi photojournaling update!

Johanna Browne
Explorer

Love your comment 🙂 So true!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James what a great story – the cub was found

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What a great story about the wayward cub, concluding with a happy ending. Perhaps this little one’s empty stomach propelled him back to the kill, or he sought one on one time with dad. That’s attaching human behavior to an animal but after all, we can all write our own thoughts….. luckily the cub found safe places to hide/rest, maybe with the Birmingham male nearby as guard in anticipation of mom coming to find him. Thanks for the opportunity to fantasize about this little lion.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

So glad you all don’t tell the really tragic stories to us! Thank you! Also glad you recognized the tribe went back for him 😉 I bet this little guy is going to have a very interesting and power filled life in the Londolozi history books!

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello James, What a tough little lion! I’m reliefed that it was a happy ending! Great story!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Lions are funny creatures. (JUST LIKE PEOPLE) They sometimes make bad decisions that can cost them their lives. If they survive, chances are they will learn, and hopefully not repeat the same mistake.

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Curiosity killed the cat,but sometimes someone just had good luck!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Like others, I prefer a happy ending when possible….and that isn’t always the case in the bush. He/she was very fortunate in many ways. Dad didn’t attack him, finally allowed him to eat while gone for 2 days, and the mother realized her cub was missing. Who knows if a lesson was learned. But considering how very large this Pride actually is, they are keenly observant! Sometimes it’s noticing the details that count!

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