Motherly love

February 6, 2011, 8:06 AMBy: |70 Comments | Tags: Captured Experiences, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Photographs by Elaine Kruer.

Elaine Kruer was able to watch a mother carefully move her cubs to their den. The process was very special and a reminder of how gentle nature can be. "When her grip began to slip, rather than tighten her grasp, she would lay them down and use her paws to reposition them ever so carefully," says Elaine.

 

Photos taken by Elaine Kruer in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Her sequence won third place in the third round of the Captured Experiences sequence category. Find out more here.

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Lorna Kirsten says:So precious and a true others' love - what a lovely experience to have seen this and to have captured these delightful photos
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:03 PM
 
Annamagriet says:wow these photo's are B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!! Thanks for sharing them
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:08 PM
 
Jackie says:Wow, what brilliant pictures! Makes me long for the bush! Well done Elaine
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:12 PM
 
George Bezuidenhout says:This is very special! If you haven't seen this you will never experience it? Thanx for sharing!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:16 PM
 
Tiny says:even the Lion has its gentle and loving side! wow! i never knew that. thanks for the eautiful photos.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:20 PM
 
Your Name Here says:Amazing such gentle,tender care I think we can learn from her!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:30 PM
 
Linda Gaddi says:Magnificent!! Absolutely stunning - wish I could have been there to see this for myself. You are so priveledged Elaine! Thank you for sharing Linda Gaddi
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:36 PM
 
Gary Rowan says:Unbelievable !!! - smallest cubs ever seen - CONGRATS.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:42 PM
 
Your Name Here says:Stunning foto's. Jul was bevoorreg om dit te kon sien. Thanx for sharing.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:45 PM
 
Rusty says:Amazing to think that jaws that could crush your skull can be applied with such tenderness. Further proof that Nature caters for every eventuality.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 1:55 PM
 
Cindy Bath says:These are the most beautiful photos I have ever seen of a mother's love.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:00 PM
 
Your Name Here says:Outstanding - Lucky you.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:12 PM
 
Leona says:What an privelege to witness this. It is as only a mother can love. Awesome! Thank you Elaine for sharing.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:17 PM
 
Ans van der Ouw says:Wat een schitterende foto's van een moeder leeuw en haar welp. Dit is echt genieten, zo mooi!!!!!!! Heel goed gedaan, Elaine.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:18 PM
 
Jean Siepman says:Who wants to emigrate to a country where we aren"t able to see wonderful sights like this. You are so blessed to have seen it. Shots like this take patience, time and a love of nature and you appear to have them all. Bless you and thank you for sharing with us.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:21 PM
 
Heather Somerville says:Wonderful sequence
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:33 PM
 
Elsie Venter says:Hartroerend mooi, puik fotos, hoe verlang ek nou na die wildtuin!!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:33 PM
 
Debbie Thomas says:Ag moeder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats so stunning and emotional.A Mother stays a mother whether animal or human.Sometimes animals are more caring and have natural expertised and instinct in caring for their young ones.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:37 PM
 
Ralf Klomann says:Elaine, thanks for these more than beautiful pictures! Yes the bush is a real grate place, it makes a person forget the city and you can just relax and envy the lions to have such a relaxed life with their young.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:51 PM
 
stewart birrell says:Lucky you!!!!!!! Lovely photos
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 2:55 PM
 
Heidi Duncan says:This is "lump in the troat" material, too beautiful thank you
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 3:04 PM
 
Clyde Myburgh says:This is fabulous Elaine, must have been nerve wrecking watching the mom at work!!! Well done.My wife and I are on our way to Kruger Park in March who knows what we may see.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 3:14 PM
 
Helene says:Awesome photos. You are SO privileged! Thank you for sharing.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 3:17 PM
 
June Hewie says:What a priviledge to have witnessed such an amasing experience. Mothers of the world need to take this example, what happy protected kids we would have.!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 3:20 PM
 
Elsa Goussard says:Beautiful photos Elaine! Thanks for sharing them with us..
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 3:31 PM
 
Michelle Davies says:Absolutely stunning,what a chance sighting!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 3:57 PM
 
Dawn Marks says:Fantastic pictures. It just proves the human race know nothing - the animal kingdom will win in the end - thank goodness.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 4:08 PM
 
Derek Wright says:Beautifull !!!!!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 4:24 PM
 
Martin von Fintel says:Stunning sequence,good photograpy : look at the eyes of the lioness !
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 4:43 PM
 
Gerhard Britz says:Die skoonheid van die natuur op sy mooiste ! Pragtig.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 4:45 PM
 
Nico Laubscher says:Baie mooi foto's Elaine. Die Kalahari bly maar vol mooi dinge!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 4:52 PM
 
Amanda says:This is such a special sequense, "mother love" at the extrem edge. Just look at the size of the teeth, and how gentle she must be not to do any damage. Lucky girl to see this.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 5:03 PM
 
Susan van Rensburg says:Dangerous? Naa..! As tame as my pet dog .... sweetie pie .... cutie!!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 5:09 PM
 
Gordon says:Absolute magic. Roll on November when we are back in Kruger. Congrats. Elaine.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 5:18 PM
 
Jack says:Wonderful photos, very priviledged to hve seen the den move
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 5:23 PM
 
Leigh says:unbelievably beautiful...
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 5:36 PM
 
Kitty du Plessis says:Thank you - absolutely wonderful!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 5:51 PM
 
Sheila says:Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos - I feel blessed to be able to view this! Love is always amazing.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 6:12 PM
 
Richard says:You are one seriously privileged lady to have been able to witness such a wonderful sighting! Good on you for sharing the photo`s with all of us, thank you!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 6:30 PM
 
Cor de Geus says:Very special /A experience to have seen this.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 6:49 PM
 
Cynthia Smetherham says:So gentle! Lovely sequence. What is it about her expression which makes it gentle? Is it the muscles round the eyes or the light in the eyes themselves?
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 7:37 PM
 
Helga says:What a beautiful precious moment! Thanks so much for capturing this and sharing this!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 8:34 PM
 
Coleen Emmerich says:What a wonderful sighting Elaine. My husband and I are off to Kruger in July, and who knows maybe we will see something awsome. Can't wait. Thanks for sharing these photos with us.
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 8:39 PM
 
Dee Young says:Fabulous photo's!!!
Posted on: February 8, 2011, 10:29 PM
 
carolle olivier says:This is stunning , how precious is this , how can you not love nature??? i have the oppertunity of being in this environment, as we hand rear the cubs that the mom rejects both white and twany lions on our farm - blessed are the creations of the lord.
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 8:30 AM
 
Lauren says:WOW!!!! Awesome! You were sooo lucky to get such a wonderful sighting of that moment. Great photos!
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 9:17 AM
 
Dianna says:Wow, I agree with Jackie what stupendously beautiful sequential pictures ...... well done Elaine. Thank you for sharing them with us. Makes me also long for the bush.
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 9:23 AM
 
Ronnie Smith says:From being the relentless huter to the viciousness and brute strength we usualy associate the lion with, to the terderness and loving capacity of a mother in such a hostile environment where the survival rate is lees that 10% under good circumstances. We could ALL learn from this. This sequence of events will be in your heart and mind for years to come Elaine and bless you for sharing this with us.
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 9:37 AM
 
Carol Maasch says:Stunning photo's Elaine !!!!! This is sure evidence of 'right place, right time'. Hope you experience many more special sightings .......and make sure you have your camera - your pictures truly capture the moment.
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 10:13 AM
 
Peter Gurney says:what an awesome experience. maybe one day we will be treated to such a perfect scene. wel done elaine
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 10:43 AM
 
Mike Chambers says:Absolutely amazing and so beautiful! What a wonderful reminder from nature!!
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 11:23 AM
 
Mary-Anne Finn says:Awesome experience and photographs
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 11:26 AM
 
Hannah Scott says:That must be amazing to watch. WOW!!
Posted on: February 9, 2011, 7:14 PM
 
Elaine Kruer says:Elaine here...I was so delighted to see my photos featured, but even more so, to be fortunate enough to share them with such like-minded nature lovers. I sincerely thank each of you for taking the time to comment, and wish you each a lifetime of precious memories.
Posted on: February 10, 2011, 6:46 PM
 
Eileen Clarke says:The miracle of nature never fails to delight and astound me.
Posted on: February 11, 2011, 3:49 PM
 
Marna says:No words can describe this beautiful animal behaviour (parenting). We live in a awesome world with beautiful, wild but gentle, animal kingdom.
Posted on: February 11, 2011, 4:47 PM
 
Karen Lunn says:Absolutely amazing...wish I was there! Well done and thank you for sharing your fantastic photos
Posted on: February 11, 2011, 4:47 PM
 
Marilyn Hofmeister says:Amazing!!!!
Posted on: February 11, 2011, 8:30 PM
 
Bev Rampf says:What a magnificent sighting & find! ! ! Very privileged & blessed to have had this experience - a once in a lifetime experience - lucky lady - thanks for sharing the intimacy... NOTHING LIKE THE AFRICAN BUSH & ANIMAL KINGDOM...
Posted on: February 12, 2011, 6:48 AM
 
Marita Pieterse says:This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I keep going back to have another look!
Posted on: February 12, 2011, 8:19 AM
 
SARIE says:EXCELLENT
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rasa says:they are gorgeous pics
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Ann Ralston says:What a special and precious gift. Thankyou for sharing it with us.
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