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9 03 2011

Athena strikes again!

After our fantastic discovery the day before the Ngamo research team set out again to track down Athena’s two cubs. Signal lead us back to the Serengeti East area but it appeared she had moved her litter to a small rocky outcrop amongst the sea of grass. This den looked the business; large boulders and crevices for exploring, trees and bushes for climbing, tall grass for hiding in; cub heaven! We soon spotted mum and co. milling around the ‘kopje’, an identical scene from any real Serengeti based documentary! But whilst taking some more shots our researcher noticed something a little extra. The visual wasn’t too clear but after an hour of peering down her camera lens she picked out a third cub!!

After being so certain there was only one cub finding a second, let alone a third, was beyond our expectations.

We kept a respectable distance from the feline family as Athena looked on proudly whilst resting upon the rock. Her cubs edged out of the surrounding vegetation to take a gander at the mysterious white and green “animal” that appeared to be joining them periodically!  One cub in particular became very bold, creeping forward and almost stalking our vehicle, perhaps a little hunter in the maker!

We left the four leo’s in peace and drove to catch up with the rest of the pride. To no surprise we found them fast asleep in the Estosha area.

We are ecstatic to see Athena’s cubs in such stunning condition. We are also hoping to see more integration of the 3 new members into the pride over the next few days.





One response

10 03 2011

WOW, this is wonderful news – and gorgeous photo 🙂

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