Twenty lions enjoyed drink in perfect harmony. Cubs and adults together lapped the gentle waters of the River Sabie.
The wildlife photographer described the ‘once in a lifetime event’. Bernhard Bekker said: ‘It’s just such an amazing moment. I have not seen that ever. It’s unbelievable.
‘I had a thought. That they might drink. But I did not for one moment think. That it might turn out this way.’
He added: ‘We saw the lions the previous evening. They were just lying on the sand in the river. They did not look like. They wanted to go anywhere soon. So we decided to call it a day.
‘We rushed to get to the spot. Where we last saw them. There was no sign of the lions. I was quite disappointed. So it were our guests in the vehicle.
‘Then we decided to go up the river and start our day looking for leopards. About a half an hour later we returned towards the Lower Sabie camp and suddenly out of nowhere we saw the lions appearing on the beach out of the reeds.
‘Then the magic just happened – one by one these lions came down to the water and filled in the gaps next to each other. As they came in I counted them.
‘Nineteen appeared then at the last moment before the first lioness raised her head the last baby came – making 20 – and they all started to drink.
‘Our guests left the sighting in awe, we were completely speechless until we got back to the camp. The response on social media was amazing and I am very proud to have this shot in my collection
‘I’m also happy that I can share this with guests and nature lovers all over the world.’
Source: daily mail