19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother Medrosa

Pantanal, Brazil. 2021 will be remembered in the pantanal as mothers and cubs season. I was there in September and we had been following three mothers with young cubs for around 10 days. Late one afternoon, we spotted Medrosa with her cubs relaxing in a very bushy area a bit high up. The light was pretty much gone so we decided to leave and come back the second morning. We got there early and positioned the boat facing the mound where we had left her the night before hoping that she would appear through the dense vegetation. After a few excruciating hours in heat and humidity Mother Medrosa decided to show up under the close supervision of one of her cubs. She didn't even look in our direction which made the scene more natural and mysterious. I took the shot.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Brazil
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Michel Zoghzoghi