Some don’t like it wet, and a case of sub-teen rebellion big cat style

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First off I should say these aren’t the best of  photos. They were taken on a dullish, August day in the Maasai Mara, and out of the back of a dusty Land Rover. But it’s a nice little glimpse of ‘I’m-a-big-boy-now’ rebellion of the lion kind.

It was the she-lion’s odd behaviour that attracted our attention. We drove towards the swamp to see what was going on. The rest of the Marsh Pride was lying up in the long grass a good half mile away, but here was a lone adult female walking about in a distracted manner, and with no attempt at concealment. She was also calling…and looking…

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And calling…

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We drove around the swamp. And then we could see what she couldn’t…

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Junior. He, in fine nonchalant style, was busy exploring. He could hear Mom all right, but he was darned if he would show himself. In fact he just kept going…

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…in the opposite direction…

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Ooops! Not looking where we were going…

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But it gave him a good excuse: “Was just getting a drink of water, Mom.”

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We left them to find one another, although I reckon Junior was in for a big cuff round the ears. Meanwhile, here’s the big lion, he was thinking he already was – Dad.

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This post was inspired, somewhat tangentially, by Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge: wet Drop in to her blog to see other bloggers’ responses.

30 thoughts on “Some don’t like it wet, and a case of sub-teen rebellion big cat style

    1. We felt so sorry for the lion mother. It was one of those moments when you wanted to say – ‘Look behind you!. We thought she’d probably get on better with the hunt if we removed ourselves from the scene.

  1. I think the pictures are great. The story as well. I wouldn’t be brave enough to get out there and take those shots or enjoy the family drama, so I appreciate your sharing.

  2. Having just come straight from Meg’s I can definitely see similarities with her twins, Tish 🙂 A delightful study. Thanks for the morning smile. I’m off to be lazy in the garden. (yes- really!)

      1. well thx for saying that- and I do try to keep it genuine and try not to BS when i comment – if that makes sense (LOL) and yes, having a nice weekend, my mother is in town this week – it is usually the only we visit get from her each year and so we are all glad she is here. hope you have a nice weekend

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