Big paws to fill
June 21 2012

As we wished all our own pride males a Happy Fathers day on Sunday we took a moment in Ngamo to admire the paternal side of Milo and the awe he seems to inspire amongst his prodigies, and 1 cub in particular.

Our researcher has noticed Milo appears to have a ‘soft spot’ for his son AS5 and the feeling is very mutual. AS5 revels in his father’s attention and appears to be in sheer bliss when he is lucky enough to receive a rare lick or two from the alpha male. AS5 often seeks out Milo to greet and play with him, and the humongous lion, although sometimes rudely awoken by his son’s admiration, is often very tolerant.

Milo & AS5

Milo & AS5

Milo & AS5

AS5 is already showing his dominance amongst his sisters, often beginning rough play bouts with them and is becoming more and more curious. However he is also the cub most often heard whining and while most of the cubs are beginning to wean reaching 8 months old, he is still suckling from mother Ashanti - mummy’s boy!

On the 11th we followed the pride up into the Camp area and dangerously close to an unsuspecting zebra herd. The thought of zebra certainly got the lionesses senses tingling, and Phyre salivating…

On the 12th drooling Phyre satisfied her cravings alongside the rest of the pride on a zebra kill in Hwange.

Phyre

Phyre

Another successful kill was discovered in the Maasai Mara area on the 15th but despite having their fill Kwali and Narnia took their chances and were spotted chasing a small herd close by to the kill site. Kwali gave it full-pelt towards the herd but luckily for them they evaded another loss and fled into Amboseli unscathed.

By the afternoon Milo and AS4 were left to share at the dinner table, after some placing adjustments by Milo. Dad decided once again a meal would be better placed in shade, of course, and with AS4 latched onto a loosely dangling leg, dragged the carcass to a nearby tree. 

Milo & AS4

Milo & AS4

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