Mtoto wa simba
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Photo and caption by Erik Scalavino
On safari this past February, we spotted this lioness, maybe half a mile away, striding purposefully across the immense floor of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater. She’d just given birth (you can still see part of the cub’s red umbilical cord) and was headed for cover. Mom soon marched right in front of our vehicle, proudly and gracefully, as if to ensure us a good, long look at her furry bundle of joy. We watched them disappear into their den, as "mtoto wa simba" (baby lion, in Kiswahili) came home for the first time.
Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
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