Water crossing with lioness and cubs

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NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D500
8965784/1000000 sec. / ISO 2800
Nearest Area
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Town
Vumbura Plains Camp
Description
At Vumbura Plains Camp we witnessed an extraordinary water crossing with a lioness and her cubs. Vumbura Plains is located in the heart of the Okavango Delta and at this time in March the area is quite wet with the start of the annual inundation. We had been watching this pride of lions for a couple hours and tracked this mom and her cubs as they approached a large water channel. Both cubs jumped into the water enthusiastically and then the smaller one (the sister) scrambled back to the safety of the tall grass. The mom circled back and picked her up in her mouth, starting to carry her in her jaws by the scruff of her neck. It was incredible to see such care being taken with the precious cub. The larger cub (the brother) managed to swim on his own, paddling to keep his head above water. The lions all made it safely across and then rested for a minute before the cubs started running ahead. The lions continued across one more open plain and then a final water channel before we lost sight of them at dusk.
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Date Added
August 10, 2019
Date Taken
March 12, 2018