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Panthera lio
The picture was taken near Olifants camp in the Kruger National Park.
The lioness normally leaves the pride to give birth to her litter, in a sheltered spot where she leaves them, while hunting. At this stage the cubs are very vulnerable, sometimes being taken away by scavengers, like hyenas, while their mother is away.
   If, at any stage doubtful about her cubs safety, the lioness will find another hide, and will transport them, on her mouth, one by one, to the new location. Once the cubs are big enough to follow their mother, she will take them to the pride and introduce them to their father.

Female Lions and Cubs
Wildlife Pictures - Picture taken in the Kruger National park
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