Slumbering Lion

This lion (Panthera leo) seemed a little peeved with the bush paparazzi disturbing his late afternoon slumber.    He was part of a small pride of about 8 animals resting up in the shade of a thicket for the day.  After a dozy look at his observer he basically yawned, rolled over and went back to sleep.  This youngster is almost ready to leave the pride and seek his own fortunes.  By the aged of 3 years young males are forced to leave the comfort of the pride, and usually associate with other outcasts of the same sex  in small groups of two or three in number.  Brothers normally stick together and team up when competing for territory.  These bachelor groups have been known to grow to seven in number, although this is not common.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/90sec; ISO-360; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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