01 March 2014
Reportage dans le Daily Mail
Une lionne traverse la rivière Ntiakitiak au Kenya avec son petit de 9 semaines
The Lion Soaking: Lioness takes no chances as she carries nine-week-old cub across fast-flowing river
- Lioness dangles nine-week-old cub in her claws and she crosses river
- Makes her way across Ntiakitiak River in Kenya to join rest of her pride
- Stunning images captured by Greek photographer Kyriakos Kaziras
Her jaws clamped firmly around the scruff of her tiny cub’s neck, this plucky lioness is taking no chances as she tackles a risky river crossing.
As her nine-week-old youngster dangles beneath her, the mother skips gingerly between impromptu stepping stones.
These stunning images capture the heart-stopping moment the lioness braved choppy waters, clasping her little one’s nape, as she made her way to join the rest of the pride on the other side of the river.
Amazingly, the cub escaped with only a sodden coat as its mother safely negotiated the fast-flowing waters of the Ntiakitiak River in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.
Greek photographer Kyriakos Kaziras managed to capture the moment during a trip in December.
Paul Goldstein, another photographer and owner of Kicheche Bush Camp, where Mr Kaziras was based, said: ‘Kyriakos and his guide had spent early morning with the large Enkoyanai pride.
There had been plenty of rain and the Ntiakitiak River, normally a trickle, was a swollen torrent.
‘The bulk of the pride were on the east bank and the mother had to take the momentous decision to carry her nine-week-old cub to join them.
'The risks of such a journey were very real, particularly as the cub was at least a month older than normal “carrying age”.
‘I have photographed lions carrying cubs and seen them crossing rivers, but the combination is unique and has never been seen, let alone recorded.’
Source :Daily Mail