Heartwarming Photos of a Male Lion Meeting His Cubs for the First Time

Even the fiercest predators sometimes have a soft side. Don’t believe it? Check out these photos of a male lion hanging out with his cubs for the first time. Wildlife photographer Uwe Skrzypczak captured the images below after watching the six-month-old lion cubs for weeks in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Of the interaction, Uwe said “The father lion was very gentle with his cubs, who were rather skittish being around the tough older lion at first. After a few days of being around Dad they realize he’s not going to hurt them and the play got rougher.”

In 50 years, Africa’s lion population has declined from 450,000 to 20,000 and some conservationists warn that they could disappear entirely within the next 15 to 20 years.

male lion with cubs

© Uwe Skrzypczak

lion cub with his dad

© Uwe Skrzypczak

male lion watches over his cubs

© Uwe Skrzypczak

male lion yawning

© Uwe Skrzypczak

lion cub has its sibling by the tale

© Uwe Skrzypczak

 

Lion cub chewing on a branch.

© Uwe Skrzypczak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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