Brian Divelbiss Photography
A lioness and a young cub interact in the glow of the morning light in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
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Poke the Lioness 3

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

While most of the lionesses in the Xinii pride were still nursing cubs, the pride was fortunate to have a senior lioness who was barren and could serve as the favorite "aunt" for the cubs when they wanted an adult playmate. The energy cost of breastfeeding and hunting can take its toll so having a lioness who can keep the cubs occupied is a great benefit. Photo © copyright by Brian Divelbiss.

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