Sibling Bonding
June 19 2014

Over a course of a week, the research team noticed the sub-adults bonding and being extra playful.  On the 9th the research team approached the pride when they were resting in the Masai Mara area.  After scanning the area and counting the number of lions present, the team noticed the lions vigilant at something in a thicket nearby, but also AS5’s legs were resting on AT1’s back!

AT1 & AS5

This was quite a sight, because AT1 usually doesn’t have too much tolerance for her younger half-brother.  He continued to rest for some time like this and ended up falling asleep in the same position, with the allowance from AT1.

On the 10th, it was AS4 and again AS5 being the entertainment for the afternoon.  AS4 decided to check out a tree nearby and then climbed into it!  She perched in the tree and scanned the area to see where and on whom she could pounce. 

AS4

But her brother AS5 had a different plan.  He crept over attempting to surprise his sister, but she saw what he was up too before he could act.  He stayed at the base of the tree and tapped his sister’s paw trying to coax her down.  They tapped each other for a few minutes before AS4 reluctantly hopped down and AS5 gladly pounced on her and wrestled her to the ground. 

Then on the 14th, three of the sub-adults got into a playful mood during the morning session.  KE3 was the first to start pouncing and stalking her siblings, which evidentially then sucked AS4 and AS5 into game of tag and tackle. 

AS4 & AS5

They chased each other around the others and then AS5 found a stick that looked extremely fascinating.  They even fought over the special stick until KE3 stole it and trotted off with her prize.  AS4 and AS5 longingly looked after her, and started to look around for another special stick.  But there was no luck.  That then concluded their play bout and started their nap time.  Too much play can exhaust even the youngest of lions!

AS4 & AS5

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