This is Shingo the proud mum of six 7 week old cubs. (now ALL still alive and over 18 mths old!)
In the 10 days we were in the Mara, she led quite an eventful life, totally losing one of the cubs for an hour or so and then finding it again in a real Disney joyful reunion moment and on another occasion fighting off a mature male Lion by getting up on her haunches and snarling, then taking off in the opposite direction to her 6 (now fleeing) cubs, leading the Lion away.
One very special mum for sure.
Masai Mara, Kenya Oct 2010