Under the steady gaze of two lionesses this tiny cub totters along the road one morning in the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

Joined by his larger siblings, the pride tumble and play in the early morning light.

The heartwarming pictures were taken by photographer and composer David Lazar whilst on safari to Kenya and Tanzania earlier this year.

David, 29, from Brisbane, Australia said: 'We were out and about early to get the good light when we came across the two lionesses and their cubs.

'In the group litter of cubs, one was smaller and less adventurous than his siblings and tried to stay close to the lionesses.

'It was clearly smaller and less developed than the others and that's not too good in a 'survival of the fittest' type world.

'It was obviously the runt of the litter. I only hope it survived.'

The Masai Mara National Reserve is a large  reserve in south-western Kenya, named after the Masai people the traditional tribe of the area.

It is famous for its lions, leopards and cheetahs and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the neighbouring Serengeti in Tanzania every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.

Its 1,500sq km are home to 500 lions in over 20 prides, one of which featured in the BBC's Big Cat Live.

Mr Lazar added: 'The Masai Mara is an incredible place for wildlife.

'You have to be patient and stay with an animal for as long as possible, in the hope that it will get comfortable with the safari vehicle and forget that you are even there.

'This is when the interesting behavioural patterns start to happen and can make for great wildlife photography, but the photographer always has to be patient and be ready at any moment to capture it.'

Responses to " Tinny Cub Totters Along Road With Siblings The Under Watchful Gaze of Lionesses (Photos)"

  1. Unknown says:

    So cute! Proud mama's walking their babies!

  2. Very cute!

  3. Animals are so much like humans-- The same feelings, the same needs, the same love. May one day everyone understand that and never hurt an animal.

  4. Anonymous says:

    So tiny. I hope it makes it. They are all so cute.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Such Beauty...

  6. Anonymous says:

    So sweet. I do hope the little one grows up. Such a tough world.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I too hope the little runt makes it with the prides help it has a shot. The wild is so beautiful and dangerous we need to quit encroaching on these environments and give the animals their own lands.

  8. Anonymous says:

    so beautyful

  9. Fili says:

    How beautiful is that to see.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Such a little babe!

  11. Anonymous says:

    nadir…you ever watch a lion evicerate an animal, or eat anothers cubs. these are beautiful pics, but you're nuts

  12. Anonymous says:

    Actually Anon, you're the one who doesn't get it. There is much in common across species. For example, ever watch a human eviscerate an animal or kill another's cubs...

  13. Monica Acton-Belgium says:

    This is what we must fight for -save the world by saving the climate

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