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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:36 pm

At last, some photos of the new cub, with Kamkwa and Gina, taken by a tourist:

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:48 pm

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Can I have it Megan? Pretty please? :lol:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:06 pm

Oh how precious!! Thanks for sharing those Megan!
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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:10 pm

Can I have it Megan?


Very cute and cuddly-looking, isn't it?! But I'm sure you wouldn't want to face Kamkwa's claws and teeth... :lol:
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:51 pm

Megan this is fantastic news...thanks for putting up the pics...Thats the hill coming out of Waynes Valley it looks like

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The above pic I took about a week ago of Gina about 200 metres further up the hill than the cub pics here. She was roaring, walking around and listening all the time and then suddenly after a spell of listening she looked over the hill ...got all excited and disappeared down the far side of the hill out of sight...Maybe it was Kamkwa and little one who had come in answer to the roars...who knows.

I believe the gestation period of a lion is 110 days which could explain that Kamkwa may have fallen pregnant in this courtship between her and Bitterbal on 16 Feb which would have made a birth around beginning of June??? please do the Maths as I am no good at these things.

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Unread postby Henk » Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:09 am

Just been to Addo and we saw Ardlam and her 2 young one's feasting on a warthog they killed. It was just as you turn of the tarroad after Domkrag dam towards Carols Rest. Two lovely looking young lions. I will post some pics in a few days.

Then on Saterday afternoon we saw Gina on the hill just before the South Gate. I might be wrong but she looked very pregnant to me.
Can anyone help, is she pregnant?

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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:21 am

In the photos posted of the Kamkwa and her cub, the cub looks about 10 days to 2 weeks old, which would mean it would have been born in the first week of June so Kamkwa would have conceived mid February.

You would not be able to tell whether Bitterbal is the father as Kamkwa was seen being covered by more than one of the male lions. It is in the lioness's interest to mate with as many males as she can as this will give her cubs a better chance of survival. Male lions will kill cubs that they have not sired but if they have mated with a lioness, there is a chance that the cubs could be theirs and they would be less likely to kill the cubs.

Gina could very well be pregnant as she has also been covered by some of the male lions. We would not be sure, however, until she gave birth or showed signs of lactating (and feeding cubs).
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Unread postby Benn Kempster » Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:10 pm

Hi Megan,

Thank you so much for getting the pictures up. New life is always a cause for celebration, isn't it? So I'll raise a "cold one" to the little one later this evening.

Peter - again - wonderful images!

October really can't come quickly enough!
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Unread postby Henk » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:20 pm

Here are some pics on the lions seen in Addo last week.

First Ardlam and her 2 young ones.

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The girl
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The boy
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The Lunch
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Then we found Gina
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Looking very pregnant
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Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:27 pm

Beautiful!!! Thanks!!! :clap:
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Unread postby lirritma » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:57 am

Thanks Megan for the photos and the follow up feedback. Lets hope she was "clever" enough to mate with all of the four males so that she can let this one survive.

I've tried this whole week to spot them with no luck .. will try again this afternoon on my way back from work.
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Unread postby billyf » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:24 pm

Lvely pics, Henk :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread postby lirritma » Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:32 pm

I got these two guys at Marion Baree Friday morning. They just passed through without drinking water.

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Ardlam and the youngsters made a kill between Zuurkop and Janwalpan at the same time - we didn't see it but saw the photos taken by some other Addo campers.
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Unread postby Salva » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:58 am

Thx Lirritma. So you did find some of them. What beautiful and powerful animals! :shock:
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Unread postby lirritma » Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:25 am

Salva wrote:Thx Lirritma. So you did find some of them. What beautiful and powerful animals! :shock:


Well my strategy paid off - at least this time :lol: :lol: . The lions tend to like the area from Spekboom to the south gate so I left park every morning at gate opening time, drove straight to the spekboom area (at the maximum that the park allows :clap: ) and then slowly trough to the south gate. The idea being that if I'm in the same area at the same time every day then I should have the best chance of spotting them on one of the morning - well we got lucky on the last one. :dance: . I freewheeled from the top of the hill down to Marion Baree (got a rhino there the day before) and then spotted part of a mane in a footpath leading to the waterhole. Less than a minute late the first one arrived (think it was Bitterbal) making an entrance with a fantastic roar right next to us - it just sound so much louder in the chilly early morning air. About 2 minutes later we heard another one approaching (probably Nos sob). They just greeted and kept on walking passed the hole without drinking - quite a pity because the reflections on the water would have been fantastic.
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