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Lion Cub Lying at Full Stretch

Lion cub lying at full stretch, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
Caption: Lion cub lying at full stretch, showing the white spots on its underparts that are characteristic of a cub's coloring, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana. © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (EOS Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom; Focal Length: 400mm; Aperture: F5.6; Shutter Speed: 1/250; ISO: 400 12,

Did You Know? Lion cubs have wooly, grayish coats with white spots on the lower parts. Their coat changes to the more tawny color typical of adults at about three months, although in some lions the spots remain on their stomachs for their entire life. The average lifespan of a male lion is 12 to 16 years, and for a female it is 15 to 18 years.

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