Animals

By Mike Jones


The cute little cub was snapped just lying around in a very relaxed pose.

After exhausting himself by trying to catch his mum’s tail, he took to a comfy looking rock.

Yaron Schmid / CATERS NEWS

The fluffy cub was snapped on the bright Serengeti in Tanzania by Yaron Schmid, 48.

Yaron, originally a vet, now leads wildlife safaris and owns his own company of YS Wildlife Photography & Safaris.

Yaron, who hails from Israel, said: “I’ve always loved animals and travelling, and wildlife photography is the best mix of the two.

Yaron Schmid / CATERS NEWS

“While on a game drive in the Serengeti, we spotted a pride of lions on top of a rock formation (known as a “kopje”) near Namiri Plains.

“This is an area known for big cats. There was one male, a few lioness and many young cubs. The adults just wanted to sleep, while the cubs wanted to eat and play!

“Their games began with trying to “catch” their Mom’s tail, which was swatting back and forth in exasperation.

“When that didn’t rouse her, they gave up and turned their attention to themselves.

Yaron Schmid / CATERS NEWS

“This particular cub was very interested in his paws, and he kept biting, stretching, and touching them, which created some very amusing scenes. To me, he looks like he’s doing aerobics/yoga.

“Africa is full of magnificent animals, like these lions, but they are actually endangered and need our help to survive.

“One of the best things people can do to help animals is visit them.

“Many African nations depend on tourism, and they will only protect their animals and parks as long as they generate money.”

You can see more of Yaron’s photographs on his instagram @YSWildlifePhotography.