Mother lioness adopts a leopard cub (when it’s normally expected to kill it)photographer, Joop Van Der Linde
‘Truly unique’ mother lioness nurses leopard cub in Tanzania
This week, the first-ever photos of a wild lioness nursing a leopard cub were captured in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Ndutu Lodge guest, Joop Van Der Linde. Learn how this unlikely pair found one another, why this case of cross-species nursing is so unusual
A baby leopard can’t change his spots, but this lioness doesn’t seem to mind.
These beautiful pictures are the first ever taken of a wild lioness nursing a cub from a different species – an extremely rare event.
The pair were spotted by Joop Van Der Linde, a guest at Ndutu Safari Lodge in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The scene is the Serengeti; the attentive mother, five-year-old Nosikitok.
The lioness has a GPS collar fitted by Kope Lion, a conservation NGO, and three young cubs of her own – born around the 27-28 June.READ MORE