Father lion plays with cubs

Or rather, the cubs are playing with him. Either way or both, this is an adorable video, and a meet way to end the week.

I need this because James has just been displaced as Honey’s mate by an interloper drake—after a bitter and vicious duck fight in the water (more tomorrow). This involved me having to rescue the interloper after he flew into a grated window well and became trapped when I squirted him with a Super Soaker, and other dramatic incidents. (I had to gently grab a frantically flapping and trapped wild drake, and squeeze him gently under the window bars. He’s okay now.) My heart is heavy this afternoon as James sits disconsolately on the bank, huddled in a blob and gazing at Honey with her new swain.

Here are the YouTube notes.

A male lion watches over his young cubs in the early evening light as they arise after a day of slumber at Shamwari Game Reserve. Shamwari Game Reserve, situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa was winner of Africa’s Leading Conservation Company and Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge at the 2012 World Travel Awards.


  1. Merilee
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I think that Daddy just wants a nap😻

  2. Posted October 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Such drama on Botany Pond! You are obviously sad about James Pond but what are your feelings regarding Honey at this point? She’s a fickle one. Does this suitor have any advantages over James? Perhaps it was all over migration.

    • chrism
      Posted October 6, 2018 at 5:39 am | Permalink

      James will soon open a YouTube channel and start posting DGTOW videos.

      • Posted October 6, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

        Had to look that one up! Ducks Going Their Own Way

  3. Diane G
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    “Father lion plays with cubs”

    I’d say that’s backwards… 🙂

    Oh, my, more duck drama–waiting to hear more!

  4. Frank Bath
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    What a good dad.

  5. CAS
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    The duck soap opera continues!

    • JezGrove
      Posted October 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      Just a conventional story arc – Honey and James have to go through adversity before the triumphal happy ending when she comes to her senses and they’re reunited.

    • grasshopper
      Posted October 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      I got your subtle, left-wing Marxian references, CAS. “Duck Soup”, and “A Night At The Opera”?

  6. Posted October 5, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I loved the dove call in the background of the video. I’ve found that doves sound similar whatever the species. Can any WEIT reader let me know what species it is?

  7. Roo
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Poor James!! At least if he finds a new mate you’ll have twice the chance of one pair from the original two returning next year.

  8. joanfaiola
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    The dove you hear in the background is the Cape Turtle Dove, Streptopelia capicola, which is found all over Southern Africa, in all sorts of habitats, even in deserts. Ubiquitous, and the dove you are most likely to hear in the bushveld.

  9. phil
    Posted October 6, 2018 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Male lion…

    Is there another kind?

  10. Dianna Scott
    Posted October 6, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Have kids, they said. It will be fun, they said.

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