Tough Papa Lion and Cute Cubs

Posted December 20th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

It is amazing to me that the cutest, most adorable baby animals on earth come from some of the toughest looking parents. For example, take a look at this lion pride and their current dominant male father. The lion cubs are absolutely adorable. The father? Well, let’s just say his better days are behind him. This guy has a broken tooth and a droopy lower gum line that looks like it was torn in a recent fight.

We photographed this pride of lion in the central Serengeti just after they had killed a wildebeest. All the lions were resting lazily in the deep grass, so capturing clear shots of the group was difficult, even with our long lenses.

Awww. Cute baby lion cub. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Awww. Cute baby lion cub. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Here's papa. He must have been a good looking guy in his youth. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Here's papa. He must have been a good looking guy in his youth. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Another youngster playing with papa lion's tail. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Another youngster playing with papa lion's tail. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

A slightly older cub fighting off the pesky flies. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

A slightly older cub fighting off the pesky flies. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

This youngster is just about to pounce on papa lion. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

This youngster is just about to pounce on papa lion. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Don't you find this guy adorable with his broken tooth and torn gum? Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Don't you find this guy adorable with his broken tooth and torn gum? Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Two baby lion cubs finishing off what's left of the wildebeest meal. They were hidden underneath a low bush and we managed to squeak out a few images. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.

Two baby lion cubs finishing off what's left of the wildebeest meal. They were hidden underneath a low bush and we managed to squeak out a few images. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC E-II.



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