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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We know this lion pride well. The females currently have two eight-month-old cubs and four five-month-old cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs—clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call the Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested, and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night, we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them, but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @beverlyjoubert and see @dereckbeverly Twitter feed. #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride

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One giant leap for lions! These cats can swim well but if they can possibly avoid getting wet, they will. #thisismytrophy #bigcats #okavangolions #drypaws

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | It’s tough being the youngest, and when you’re a tiny cub that has somehow ended up in the wrong pride with a lot of older cubs all practicing their hunting moves on you, the stress can take its toll. Two tiny cubs must have been hidden nearby and during a stormy night, inadvertently ran to the wrong pride when the lionesses called their own cubs. The two little lost cubs have been thoroughly pummeled and bullied by the larger cubs. The lionesses step in every now and again, but they are not looking out for these lost youngsters, and while they have been holding their own, it's a dangerous situation for them. Their real mother stays nearby however, watching and waiting... #dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs

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Okavango lions are known for their swimming rather than their tree-climbing abilities but we’re seeing this behavior more often at Duba Plains. There are numerous dead trees, uprooted in previous vicious storms that these lions are increasingly using. The lionesses are using them to gain advantages in hunting but this big male just seemed to be watching - perhaps keeping an eye on his territory. Unfortunately for him, his legs are not built like a leopard’s and he went too high to be able to comfortably descend. After a lot of shuffling, he tried to climb down but his weight was too much and he slipped, falling a great height. @dereckjoubert and I rushed over to check on him, thinking he would have hurt himself seriously, but thankfully it was his dignity that suffered and not his bones. It will be interesting to see if he tries to climb any great height again. #okavangolions #tsaropride #bigcats #thisismytrophy

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Image by @beverlyjoubert. Irresistible - a flicking, tasseled tail is not something that a playful, young cub can ignore. How long he gets to play will depend on how much patience his mother has and how deep his claws go! He is one of the youngest members of the famed Tsaro Pride and has a lot of growing to do before he can head off into the Okavango on his own. With an estimated 3000 adult male lions remaining, a lot rests on little cubs like him. Mortality in lion cubs is high and with males being kicked out of their prides when they near maturity, it is essential for them that there is space to go and continue that journey to adulthood. The problem is that protected, wild areas across Africa are becoming smaller and corridors for young, nomadic lions to venture between existing lion territories, much more difficult to navigate. But the Okavango has been granted many levels of protection and there is a great deal of work happening to secure the source in Angola. With continued conservation of wild lands, this little cub might one day be the leader of his own pride. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #tsaropride

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The family resemblance is strong. The Skimmer Pride in the Okavango has been thriving as the antelope populations continue to grow. Red lechwe numbers have increased tenfold in the decade since hunting stopped at Duba Plains and as a result the area is able to sustain more predators. This pride currently has six young cubs and when they're not clamouring for food, they're looking for attention and someone to play with. Half a dozen young cubs can be very hard work but the Skimmer male has consistently shown great patience with his young offspring - although they will quickly learn just how far they can push him! Judging by this photo, the cubs are rapidly learning not only discipline from their impressive father, but the proud stance and focused stare of an apex predator as well. #ThisIsMyTrophy #SkimmerPride #OkavangoLions #BigCats

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One of the #lostcubs was rescued by his mother when he was left behind by the pride. Just a few moments alone and she was there to give him milk and protection. His sister went with the pride and remains with them. She gets bullied but not as much as before and the main lioness, Fekeetsa is stepping in when the play gets too rough. She’s allowed meat but not milk, but she seems to be largely becoming accepted into the pride. Will these two siblings grow up in separate prides and what will happen if they meet again one day? #littlebigcats #okavangolions #dubaplains

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Image by @beverlyjoubert. The dominant male from the Tsaro Pride at Duba Plains in the Okavango is on the hunt. You can see the determined focus of his face as he moves through the long grass. He’s not hunting antelope though. After spending days patrolling and reinforcing his territory, he’s looking for the Tsaro lionesses. Chances are that they have made a kill and he has heard that they are nearby. He’ll go to join them and if he is lucky, be in time to dominate their meal. #tsaropride #okavangolions #thisismytrophy

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That feeling when a Male Lion looks at you straight in the eyes, makes you feel totally insignificant in their world. #lion #africageophoto #africageographic #africanwildlifephotography #bestofafrica #okavangodelta #wearewilderness #jaoreserve #botswana #okavangolions #iamnikonsa

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Posted @withrepost@beverlyjoubert Portrait of the dominant male lion at Duba Plains and a phenomenal female known as #Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot which has healed, but hindered her slightly. She is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an unusual hunting technique. Unable to chase antelope down over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard and patrols the swamps looking for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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Portrait of the dominant male lion at Duba Plains and a phenomenal female known as #Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot which has healed, but hindered her slightly. She is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an unusual hunting technique. Unable to chase antelope down over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard and patrols the swamps looking for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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Throwback Thursday! 1996 Okavango Delta, Botswana Lion Research. 23 years ago when I was a lion researcher in Africa. Still love Botswana and go there every year. What place holds your heart? Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!! ❤️❤️❤️ (Radio tracking lions in this photo 😊) . . . #tbt #tbt💕 #lionresearch #moremigamereserve #okavangolions #okavangodelta #wildlions #wildliferesearch #aloneshow #doctornicoles #natureconnection #wildatheart #getoutside #wildness #photooftheday #instanature

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains --------- Follow @travebloggers Follow @travebloggers Follow @travebloggers Follow @travebloggers --------- Credit @natgeo --------- #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains #lyon #oxfordstreet #exploringtheglobe #placestovisit #travelgram #ig_travel #destinationearth #beautifuldestinations #picoftheday

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photo credit @natgeo Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Over grass drenched with rain from a summer storm, a young lion moves to investigate a mushroom from the ink cap family. He's suffering from a bad eye infection that his siblings also have had but from which they're slowly recovering. He approached the mushroom with purpose and then promptly ate it. It's not that unusual—many species of cats have been known to be attracted to mushrooms—and apparently it's because they're on the hunt for protein. The high glutamate levels in fungi activate cats' umami receptors, signaling that they are protein-rich and edible. Of course many fungi species are not edible, and no doubt mistakes are made by felines around the world, but this ink cap didn't seem to do him any harm. Who knows, perhaps it could even help with that eye infection? #littlebigcats #Okavangolions #mushroomeatingcats

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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#Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Over grass drenched with rain from a summer storm, a young lion moves to investigate a mushroom from the ink cap family. He's suffering from a bad eye infection that his siblings also have had but from which they're slowly recovering. He approached the mushroom with purpose and then promptly ate it. It's not that unusual—many species of cats have been known to be attracted to mushrooms—and apparently it's because they're on the hunt for protein. The high glutamate levels in fungi activate cats' umami receptors, signaling that they are protein-rich and edible. Of course many fungi species are not edible, and no doubt mistakes are made by felines around the world, but this ink cap didn't seem to do him any harm. Who knows, perhaps it could even help with that eye infection? #littlebigcats #Okavangolions #mushroomeatingcats

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#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #dubaplains

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Over grass drenched with rain from a summer storm, a young lion moves to investigate a mushroom from the ink cap family. He's suffering from a bad eye infection that his siblings also have had but from which they're slowly recovering. He approached the mushroom with purpose and then promptly ate it. It's not that unusual—many species of cats have been known to be attracted to mushrooms—and apparently it's because they're on the hunt for protein. The high glutamate levels in fungi activate cats' umami receptors, signaling that they are protein-rich and edible. Of course many fungi species are not edible, and no doubt mistakes are made by felines around the world, but this ink cap didn't seem to do him any harm. Who knows, perhaps it could even help with that eye infection? #littlebigcats #Okavangolions #mushroomeatingcats

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❤️❤️❤️ 1. Rregulli 69: çfarë jep, merr. 2. Mund të jesh vetëm një njeri në këtë botë, por mund të jesh e gjithë bota për një njeri. 3. Kur jeni të sigurt që keni të drejtë, nuk ka nevojë për të diskutuar me ata që janë gabim. #littlebigcats #Okavangolions #mushroomeatingcats courtesy of @natgeo #lajme #njoftime #zbritje #ulje #oferta #rroba #tur #shes #foto #fotografi #turizem #blog #trajnim #okazion

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | It’s tough being the youngest, and when you’re a tiny cub that has somehow ended up in the wrong pride with a lot of older cubs all practicing their hunting moves on you, the stress can take its toll. Two tiny cubs must have been hidden nearby and during a stormy night, inadvertently ran to the wrong pride when the lionesses called their own cubs. The two little lost cubs have been thoroughly pummeled and bullied by the larger cubs. The lionesses step in every now and again, but they are not looking out for these lost youngsters, and while they have been holding their own, it's a dangerous situation for them. Their real mother stays nearby however, watching and waiting... #dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs

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One of Fekeetsa’s older cubs is learning more advanced hunting techniques – practicing on a hapless red lechwe that Fekeetsa has caught. Fekeetsa is very attuned to male lechwe and the clash of their horns when they fight each other. When she hears that sound, she know that the lechwe will be focused completely on their battle and will not be paying attention to what – or who – may be sneaking up behind them… #Okavangolions #Lookbehindyou #Fekeetsa

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Yoga Safari 2019, Lioness from Khwai Bush Camp.  There is just something invigorating about being the the company of such power and grace! @yogakoh_ @anjolieyoga @firstlightsafaris @africanbushcamps #lions #okavangolions #africawildlife #africasafari #safari #greenseason #yogasafari #yogaretreats #africa #botswana #wild #lioness

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#Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Over grass drenched with rain from a summer storm, a young lion moves to investigate a mushroom from the ink cap family. He's suffering from a bad eye infection that his siblings also have had but from which they're slowly recovering. He approached the mushroom with purpose and then promptly ate it. It's not that unusual—many species of cats have been known to be attracted to mushrooms—and apparently it's because they're on the hunt for protein. The high glutamate levels in fungi activate cats' umami receptors, signaling that they are protein-rich and edible. Of course many fungi species are not edible, and no doubt mistakes are made by felines around the world, but this ink cap didn't seem to do him any harm. Who knows, perhaps it could even help with that eye infection? #littlebigcats #Okavangolions #mushroomeatingcats

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Over grass drenched with rain from a summer storm, a young lion moves to investigate a mushroom from the ink cap family. He's suffering from a bad eye infection that his siblings also have had but from which they're slowly recovering. He approached the mushroom with purpose and then promptly ate it. It's not that unusual—many species of cats have been known to be attracted to mushrooms—and apparently it's because they're on the hunt for protein. The high glutamate levels in fungi activate cats' umami receptors, signaling that they are protein-rich and edible. Of course many fungi species are not edible, and no doubt mistakes are made by felines around the world, but this ink cap didn't seem to do him any harm. Who knows, perhaps it could even help with that eye infection? #littlebigcats #Okavangolions #mushroomeatingcats

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#Repost @beverlyjoubert A little roar from a determined #lostcub who has at long last found protection and comfort. The lioness, #Fekeetsa, may not be able to give her milk, but other than the fact that the lost cub is smaller than her real sibling, who is now quite far away with their mother, it seems that she may be doing ok on just meat. #littlebigcats #okavangolions

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A little roar from a determined #lostcub who has at long last found protection and comfort. The lioness, #Fekeetsa, may not be able to give her milk, but other than the fact that the lost cub is smaller than her real sibling, who is now quite far away with their mother, it seems that she may be doing ok on just meat. #littlebigcats #okavangolions

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#Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant #male lion and a phenomenal #female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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photo credit @natgeo Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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#Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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#Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #dubaplains

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#Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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natgeo: Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Duba Plains, Okavango: Portrait of the dominant male lion and a phenomenal female known as Fekeetsa, meaning to overpower, or overcome the odds. Fekeetsa has overcome a broken foot that's healed but hinders her slightly, and she is now one of the senior lionesses in this pride. She has an an unusual hunting technique. Being unable to chase down antelope over long distances due to her foot, she hunts more like a leopard, patrolling swamps for young lechwe antelope that she can ambush. She is successful almost daily, and provides enough meat for the pride so that they don't need to move around in search of prey and have become very much resident on the edge of the swamps. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more on these lions and their ever-changing stories. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle

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#Repost @beverlyjoubert She might be small, but she’s ferocious and holding her own against her new adopted siblings. The little #lostcub is growing and gaining strength from the meat that she’s been fighting for. She’s no longer such a pushover for the other cubs but can pounce on them from behind - just as they have done to her so many times.  Her real brother and mother have moved away. This pride doesn’t move around much: Fekeetsa, the main lioness and the lost cub’s current protector, focuses her hunting efforts on the swamps and is highly successful. Any chance for the real mother to find her cub alone has not presented itself and she and her (healthy and fat) son have moved on to new hunting pastures. #littlebigcats #OkavangoLions #Fekeetsa

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She might be small, but she’s ferocious and holding her own against her new adopted siblings. The little #lostcub is growing and gaining strength from the meat that she’s been fighting for. She’s no longer such a pushover for the other cubs but can pounce on them from behind - just as they have done to her so many times.  Her real brother and mother have moved away. This pride doesn’t move around much: Fekeetsa, the main lioness and the lost cub’s current protector, focuses her hunting efforts on the swamps and is highly successful. Any chance for the real mother to find her cub alone has not presented itself and she and her (healthy and fat) son have moved on to new hunting pastures. #littlebigcats #OkavangoLions #Fekeetsa

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#repost @beverlyjoubert Duba Plains' Tsaro Pride male is a magnificent lion. He's also quite unusually tolerant of boisterous cubs and will ignore tail pulling and pounces from behind until he's really had enough. A small warning growl is all he needs to get the respect of one of his cubs back, along with a bit of peace. Perhaps it's lucky for the little #lostcub that he is the male of the pride that she accidentally joined. She's gone through a lot of lionhandling from the other cubs and while she hasn't tried to interact with the male, it hasn't looked like she is in any danger from him either. It is well known that pride males are not tolerant of cubs that don't belong to them, but we assume that since he knows all the other cubs are his, he's thinking that she is too. After days and weeks of living with this pride, she will now smell like them, and it seems that day by day, this tough little lion moves ever closer to becoming one of them. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #dubaplains #pridemale #tsaropride

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This is Fekeetsa. Her name means to overpower or overcome all odds. She’s recovered from a broken foot, an injury we were sure would get the better of her. But she’s remarkable. Unable to chase down antelope, she’s more of a stealth hunter - like a leopard, and she focuses her attention on the swamps where young lechwe are hidden. Every day she brings meat to her pride and right now, she has an extra young mouth to feed. She has accepted the little #lostcub into the pride and has groomed her and provided for her. Fekeetsa may not have milk to give her, but with her incredible hunting skills, the entire pride is well fed, reducing the competitive stress and giving the little cub another lucky chance of survival. #fekeetsa #okavangolions #bigcats #thisismytrophy #againstallodds

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#Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We know this lion pride well. The females currently have two eight-month-old cubs and four five-month-old cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs—clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call the Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested, and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night, we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them, but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @beverlyjoubert and see @dereckbeverly Twitter feed. #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride

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Duba Plains’ Tsaro Pride male is a magnificent lion. He’s also quite unusually tolerant of boisterous cubs and will ignore tail pulling and pounces from behind until he’s really had enough. A small warning growl is all he needs to get the respect of one of his cubs back, along with a bit of peace. Perhaps it’s lucky for the little #lostcub that he is the male of the pride that she accidentally joined. She’s gone through a lot of lionhandling from the other cubs and while she hasn’t tried to interact with the male, it hasn’t looked like she is in any danger from him either. It is well known that pride males are not tolerant of cubs that don’t belong to them, but we assume that since he knows all the other cubs are his, he’s thinking that she is too. After days and weeks of living with this pride, she will now smell like them, and it seems that day by day, this tough little lion moves ever closer to becoming one of them. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #dubaplains #pridemale #tsaropride

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#Repost @beverlyjoubert She’s a little fighter. She’s lost weight and has been grubby with neglect, but the little #lostcub has done phenomenally to hang on and fight for survival. The main pride female, Fekeetsa has been showing signs of accepting this little one and has even now relented to grooming her a little while the other cubs have not been as rough. Her real mother and brother have now gone, so her future looks like it will be up to this pride. The little cub is fighting for meat and is standing up for herself, so if she worms her way in any more and if the lack of milk is not too serious a problem, she might just be fully accepted and grow up with unrelated lions. Remarkable. Follow @DereckBeverly on twitter to see more updates. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #dubaplains

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She’s a little fighter. She’s lost weight and has been grubby with neglect, but the little #lostcub has done phenomenally to hang on and fight for survival. The main pride female, Fekeetsa has been showing signs of accepting this little one and has even now relented to grooming her a little while the other cubs have not been as rough. Her real mother and brother have now gone, so her future looks like it will be up to this pride. The little cub is fighting for meat and is standing up for herself, so if she worms her way in any more and if the lack of milk is not too serious a problem, she might just be fully accepted and grow up with unrelated lions. Remarkable. Follow @DereckBeverly on twitter to see more updates. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #dubaplains

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#dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs 👀 ❤️ Si ju duket? ‍

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Repost @beverlyjoubert ・・・ One of the #lostcubs was rescued by his mother when he was left behind by the pride. Just a few moments alone and she was there to give him milk and protection. His sister went with the pride and remains with them. She gets bullied but not as much as before and the main lioness, Fekeetsa is stepping in when the play gets too rough. She’s allowed meat but not milk, but she seems to be largely becoming accepted into the pride. Will these two siblings grow up in separate prides and what will happen if they meet again one day? #littlebigcats #okavangolions #dubaplains

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#Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @beverlyjoubert | It’s tough being the youngest, and when you’re a tiny cub that has somehow ended up in the wrong pride with a lot of older cubs all practicing their hunting moves on you, the stress can take its toll. Two tiny cubs must have been hidden nearby and during a stormy night, inadvertently ran to the wrong pride when the lionesses called their own cubs. The two little lost cubs have been thoroughly pummeled and bullied by the larger cubs. The lionesses step in every now and again, but they are not looking out for these lost youngsters, and while they have been holding their own, it's a dangerous situation for them. Their real mother stays nearby however, watching and waiting... #dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | It’s tough being the youngest, and when you’re a tiny cub that has somehow ended up in the wrong pride with a lot of older cubs all practicing their hunting moves on you, the stress can take its toll. Two tiny cubs must have been hidden nearby and during a stormy night, inadvertently ran to the wrong pride when the lionesses called their own cubs. The two little lost cubs have been thoroughly pummeled and bullied by the larger cubs. The lionesses step in every now and again, but they are not looking out for these lost youngsters, and while they have been holding their own, it's a dangerous situation for them. Their real mother stays nearby however, watching and waiting... #dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs

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#ommax😍2019 . . Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @beverlyjoubert | It’s tough being the youngest, and when you’re a tiny cub that has somehow ended up in the wrong pride with a lot of older cubs all practicing their hunting moves on you, the stress can take its toll. Two tiny cubs must have been hidden nearby and during a stormy night, inadvertently ran to the wrong pride when the lionesses called their own cubs. The two little lost cubs have been thoroughly pummeled and bullied by the larger cubs. The lionesses step in every now and again, but they are not looking out for these lost youngsters, and while they have been holding their own, it's a dangerous situation for them. Their real mother stays nearby however, watching and waiting... #dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs

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Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We know this lion pride well. The females currently have two eight-month-old cubs and four five-month-old cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs—clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call the Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested, and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night, we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them, but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @beverlyjoubert and see @dereckbeverly Twitter feed. #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride - #regrann

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photo credit @natgeo Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We know this lion pride well. The females currently have two eight-month-old cubs and four five-month-old cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs—clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call the Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested, and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night, we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them, but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @beverlyjoubert and see @dereckbeverly Twitter feed. #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride

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🐯🐯🐯 #Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We know this lion pride well. The females currently have two eight-month-old cubs and four five-month-old cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs—clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call the Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested, and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night, we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them, but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @beverlyjoubert and see @dereckbeverly Twitter feed. #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert We know this lion pride well. The females currently have two eight-month-old cubs and four five-month-old cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs—clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call the Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested, and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night, we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them, but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @beverlyjoubert and see @dereckbeverly . . . . WorldArt . . . . Photo: Berverlyjoubert Credit: National Geographic #tiger #animals #lion #lyon #leon #photo #photographer #fotografo #fotos #natgeo #worldart #nature #africa #dangerous #wild #wildanimal #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride

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#Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We know this lion pride well. The females currently have two eight-month-old cubs and four five-month-old cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs—clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call the Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested, and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night, we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them, but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @beverlyjoubert and see @dereckbeverly Twitter feed. #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle #Repost @natgeo with @insta.saver.repost • • •

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Reposted from @natgeo - Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle - #regrann

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#Repost from @beverlyjoubert // At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a 5-month old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has 3 siblings her own age and another two 8-month old cousins and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do - as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle

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We know this lion pride well. The females currently have 2 eight-month old cubs and 4 five-month cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs - clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call The Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested - and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now, they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming, and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them - but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance... Shot by @beverlyjoubert 📸

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That’s a no. A lion pride can be a busy place when there are a lot of cubs around. When a couple of tiny cubs got confused and ran to the wrong pride, things got very busy with a lot of bullying of the little ones. After a number of days with the pride, the little ones were a bit bedraggled but were allowed to eat meat and were at times even initiating play. The bigger cubs would still get too boisterous, but the lionesses started stepping in with a bit of discipline and a firm paw that was not to be argued with. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs #tsaropride #liondiscipline

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This write up reminded me of the struggles in business. There are no shortcuts, you have to go through the processes to reach maturity. #Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle #businesstips #followtheprocess #patience #hardwork

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Such a beautiful creature #Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle

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#Repost @natgeo ( @get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle #businessenglish #inglesempresarial #enjoyenglish #speakenglish #english #englishteacher #englishlearning #englishonline #englishwhatsapp #englishcourse #englishlanguage #englishisfun #learnenglishonline #inglés #hablainglés #inglésonline #anglais #parleanglais #anglaisenligne #inglês #falainglês #inglêsonline

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle

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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a five-month-old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has three siblings her own age and another two eight-month-old cousins, and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do, as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. Follow @beverlyjoubert for more. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle

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We were worried when this little lost cub took refuge from the other bullying cubs on top of a lioness who had been warning her away. We thought that this might not end well, but another surprise in this endlessly surprising story - she was absolutely tolerated. Perhaps not encouraged, but certainly tolerated. Another big step in the chances of survival for this little one. Check @DereckBeverly Twitter for updates on this story. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs #tsaropride #dubaplains

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#Repost @beverlyjoubert Things eased up a little for the two little, lost cubs. After a few days of total bullying by the older cubs they are starting to stand up for themselves and are even initiating play. It’s been heartening to see them hang in there and be allowed to eat meat from the lechwe carcasses that the main lioness brings in daily. How long they can go without milk is unknown, but just maybe they are old enough. In the meantime their real mother stays in the distance and watches... You can get updates on this story at @dereckbeverly Twitter. #littlebigcats #lostcubs #dubaplains #okavangolions #lioncubs

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Things eased up a little for the two little, lost cubs. After a few days of total bullying by the older cubs they are starting to stand up for themselves and are even initiating play. It’s been heartening to see them hang in there and be allowed to eat meat from the lechwe carcasses that the main lioness brings in daily. How long they can go without milk is unknown, but just maybe they are old enough. In the meantime their real mother stays in the distance and watches... You can get updates on this story at @dereckbeverly Twitter. #littlebigcats #lostcubs #dubaplains #okavangolions #lioncubs

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The titans of the African savannahs wrestle, showing their strength to a pride of lions that watch closely. Grown elephants do not need to fear lions—except in extreme circumstances such as severe drought when they are weakened. But lions will try their luck with baby or juvenile elephants and as a result, these cats are not well-tolerated by the herd and are often chased. Right now, they're very aware of each other's presence, and while this scene is peaceful, they all know that respect is deserved on either side. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #TsaroPride #BigCats For more followme: @wildplatform @animalplatform #meerkat #suricate #bekind #animalsofinstagram #natureaddict #babyanimals #animalphotography #animalsmood #wildlife_seekers #animal #animalphotos #naturebeauty #animallove #wildlife #wildlifephoto #animalface #nature_photo #wildlifeplanet #wildlifephotography #wildlifeaddicts #animallovers #naturelovers #animals #wildlifeonearth #animallovers

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Squashed! After a few days of constant bullying of the two lost cubs, the mother of the older cubs has tired of the rough and noisy games and stepped in to immobilize one of her boisterous cubs. The little ones were tired at this point but there were moments when they seemed to be joining in the play, rather than just being toys for the others. You can read more on this story at @dereckbeverly Twitter. #littlebigcats #dubaplains #okavangolions #lostcubs #liondiscipline

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At Duba Plains in the Okavango, a 5-month old lion cub claims the top of a termite mound as her own. It's the perfect position to fend off her siblings' playful attacks. She has 3 siblings her own age and another two 8-month old cousins and when they're not sleeping, lion cubs spend most of their time stalking and pouncing on each other. It is important play for a young predator who needs to hone those skills for use in survival later on in life. But she has a lot of growing to still do - as the size of her paws attest, and constant ambushes can be exhausting. The top of a termite mound can give her a small respite while she is still able to swat at any attacks from below. #Okavangolions #littlebigcats #ThisIsMyTrophy #Queenofhercastle post via @beverlyjoubert

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#Repost @beverlyjoubert It’s tough being the youngest- and when you’re a tiny cub that has somehow ended up in the wrong pride with a lot of older cubs all practicing their hunting moves on you, the stress can take its toll. The two little cubs have been thoroughly pummeled. The lionesses step in every now and again but they are not looking out for these lost youngsters. Their real mother stays nearby however, watching and waiting... You can find out more on this story on @dereckbeverly Twitter. #dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs

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It’s tough being the youngest- and when you’re a tiny cub that has somehow ended up in the wrong pride with a lot of older cubs all practicing their hunting moves on you, the stress can take its toll. The two little cubs have been thoroughly pummeled. The lionesses step in every now and again but they are not looking out for these lost youngsters. Their real mother stays nearby however, watching and waiting... You can find out more on this story on @dereckbeverly Twitter. #dubaplains #littlebigcats #okavangolions #lostcubs

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We know this lion pride well. The females currently have 2 eight-month old cubs and 4 five-month cubs. But when @dereckjoubert and I found the pride early in the morning after a stormy night, they suddenly had another two tiny cubs - clearly not theirs! There were two more females (who we call The Swamp Hunters) in the near vicinity, and we presume one is the mother of these little ones, but they didn't seem to be interested - and their cubs were being bullied by the older ones, making them mewl pitifully. As the large pride had killed a lechwe in the night we can only assume that the little cubs had been hidden nearby and had confusedly come running when the pride called their own cubs. Now, they're stuck with a strange family who are not very welcoming, and bullying cubs whose predatory nature can easily get out of control. It's a highly dangerous situation for them - but with their mother nearby, there could still be a chance...To see more on this story, follow @dereckbeverly Twitter feed. #OkavangoLions #LittleBigCats #Lioncubs #TsaroPride

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