I urgently need a belly rub! Lion cub shows off its very full belly after a feast on a zebra
- A greedy lion cub showed its belly to the brim as it kicked backwards on a termite mound in Masia Mara, Kenya
- Turkey photographer Burak Dogansoyal captured the comical moment when the cub decided to relax in the sun
- He snapped the pride of lions that were hunting a zebra before the pack, including three cubs, was put in
A lion cub looked like it could almost burst when it kicked backwards with its full belly in the air after stuffing itself into a large portion of zebra.
The bloated-looking cub may have realized his eyes were bigger than his belly as he stretched out on a termite mound in an effort to digest the party.
This cub was part of a pride of lions in Masai Mara, Kenya’s world-famous wildlife haven, photographed by wildlife photographer Burak Dogansoyal.
A lion cub showed its belly, which looked like it could almost burst after a big party while reclining in the sun in Masia Mara, Kenya
A pride of lions, including the round-bellied cub, hiding in a large portion of zebras they had hunted in Africa
The group, which appeared to have three cubs, including the pot-bellied one, appeared to be smiling as they enjoyed their meal in the sun
The pride to which the young lion belonged had just hunted an adult zebra and was having a feast when it started nipping the feral cats.
The three cubs in the pride, which the 43-year-old photographer from Turkey said were about the same age, were relaxed after their dinner.
Even though they were full from their big meal, they could still play games with each other before flopping on their backs and basking on a termite mound.
Mr. Dogansoyal said, “If there is anything more cuddly than a lion cub, it is a cub with a full belly.
Photographer Burak Dogansoyal managed to capture the moment when the pride hunted the hapless zebra before the cheeky cub relaxed on a termite mound
The young lion seemed to be taking in the rays as he lay on the termite mound and also played some games with the other cubs
Despite being visibly full after their elaborate meal, Mr. Dogansoyal said the group of lion cubs were still able to do ‘what most babies do … bother his mother’
Their bellies almost hit the ground when they are full and they seem to have a hard time carrying it around. So funny to watch.
This cub is probably about four to five months old. Lion cubs start to eat meat when they are about three months old.
After the cub digested the meat, he played games with other cubs and did what most babies do … he harassed his mother.
‘Although the numbers are declining, seeing lions in Africa is still relatively easy. But little cubs are a much more special encounter and that always makes me happy. ‘
African lions are now classified as a vulnerable species, with about 23,000 animals living in the wild. There are half as many African lions now as there were 25 years ago.