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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Lioness & cubs crossing water

Mother's Love. The lioness came back and called to her hidden cubs and started out over three bodies of water, presumably to a kill. One cub could swim and the other mewed she could not. We followed them until darkness set in. I was told this was a very rare sighting.

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Date Taken: 03.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Botswana
Copyright: © Connie Bowen