I was recently lucky enough to witness one of the Machaton lionesses meeting up with her sub adult cub.
We had actually been following the young male for quite some time as he was softly calling for his mother.
She finally heard his call and came trotting out from the dense river line.
The interaction was fascinating to watch as the young male trotted over to mom and greeted her with a massive head rubbing session! He was overjoyed to find her as she had been fairly difficult to locate since having a new litter of cubs recently.
After the initial greeting they headed off in a determined fashion and proceeded to go hunting. We left them to their business and headed off to enjoy a scrumptious bush breakfast.
Words and images by Dale Jackson