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Apr 25

These photos are proof that a Mom’s love transcends species.

Posted by Blake Brown under QuiBids Employees, Uncategorized

Lioness and her baby cub - Motherly Love

Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Africa with my family for a Safari, and let’s just say it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. We spent about a week riding through the bush, observing the routines of an extremely diverse population of animals, and basically experiencing nature in a way that I only previously had seen in books or documentaries.

Shortly into the first day, it dawned on me that I was seeing a lot of baby animals with their mommas (it was probably that time of year), and one theme quickly became apparent – The moms have a special kind of love for their offspring, much like our human mothers do. It didn’t take me long to realize that a mother’s love is truly something special – not only with humans, but with animals too. So in honor of Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite of these photos from the trip to hopefully remind you just how special a mother’s love really is – Because we all could use a little reminder like that around this time of year. :)

First, What Camera did I use?

In the months leading up to the trip, I did some research to find the best camera to use for a safari, especially for someone with not much photography experience like me. I chose the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12.1 MP digital camera because it is slightly better than a typical point-and-shoot camera, but not as expensive or complex as a full blown DSLR. Additionally, the camera has a 50x optical zoom, which I figured would come in handy on a Safari (I was right)!

Lioness Keeping Her Cub Safe

Usually when we would approach a tribe of lions, they wouldn’t pay much attention to us because they are used to safari jeeps getting close and taking photos.  However, when we pulled up to this lioness’ tribe, she began growling under her breath and looked very uneasy with us being there. We had no idea why she was acting this way. But then she walked up to some tall grass next to our jeep, picked up one of her adorable newborn cubs, and moved it a safe distance away from us. She was nervous because we were too close to her cubs that we didn’t even realize were there!

 


 
The lioness didn't like us being so close to her cub, so she moved it to a safer distance. Photo taken at the Serengeti in Tanzania.

The lioness didn’t like us being so close to her cub, so she moved it to a safer distance. Photo taken at the Serengeti in Tanzania.

After moving the cub a safe distance away from us, the momma lion finally seems relieved as she gives her baby cub a loving nuzzle.

After moving the cub a safe distance away from us, the momma lioness finally showed some calmness & relief as she gave her baby a loving nuzzle.

This lioness was from the same tribe, but her cubs were a little older. Notice there's no lack of love here.

This is a different lioness from the same tribe, but her cubs were a little older. Notice there’s no lack of love here, either.

Gazelle Teaching Her Newborn to Walk

We came across this newborn gazelle with its mother shortly after she had given birth to it. We  watched the mother attempting to teach the baby to walk for a good 45 minutes. After numerous failed attempts, we finally got to see the baby gazelle take its first steps in this world!

We cam across this newborn gazelle with his mother shortly after she had given birth to it. We watched the mother attempting to teach the baby to walk for a good 45 minutes. After numerous failed attempts, we finally got to see the baby gazelle take its first steps in this world! It was truly beautiful!


 

Elephants Stopping Traffic

This mother elephant and her baby were casually strolling down the dirt road, completely oblivious to our jeep behind them. It caused somewhat of a "traffic jam," but we didn't mind.

This mother elephant and her baby were casually strolling down the dirt road, completely oblivious to our jeep behind them. It caused somewhat of a traffic jam, but of course we didn’t mind.  Photo taken at Lake Manyara in Tanzania, Africa.

Crested Cranes Pecking the Ground

Crested Crane Ngorongoro crater

Taken in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, this walking bird is called the Crested Crane. I snapped this photo as the mom and baby were walking around the grass pecking for food. I love the adult’s beautiful face and eyes! Eventually, the baby will grow to be just as pretty as it’s mother.

 Monkeys!

This mom monkey was giving its baby one of the biggest monkey love hugs I've ever seen!

This momma monkey was giving its baby one of the biggest monkey love hugs I’ve ever seen!

This baby monkey and its Mother were both chowing down on some food high up in the trees. I still can't get over the facial expression of the baby in this one!

This baby monkey and its Mother were both chowing down on some food high up in the trees. I still can’t get over the facial expression of the baby in this one! It looks like he’s saying “Mmmm.”

I took hundred of photos throughout the entire trip. You can view some of my favorites at my album on Google+. And for a bonus, we got to witness a herd of wildebeest crossing a river during the Great Migration. Here’s the video.

Don’t forget to do something special for your Mom on Mother’s Day! If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we’re sure you’ll find something she loves on QuiBids. Follow our Mother’s Day board on Pinterest to keep up with all sorts of great gift ideas and other fun stuff for mom.

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