I came across this lion in the Ndutu game park in Tanzania. Earlier in the day it had rained for several hours and the poor beast was soaking wet. The rain had since stopped and the lion began to dry out. I caught this photo of him as he shook off the water from his mane like a dog fresh from a swim.
I’m editing my shots form Varanasi so I will probably be posting quite a few from there in the coming days. These monkeys were hanging out on a wall and I decided to take their photo. The one on the right didn’t like my camera and became very angry after I took the shot. I backed away and it decided to charge. It ran screeching towards me and then stopped at the last second. I got out of there quickly. Sorry monkeys.
Romania is one of the few countries in Europe where it is still possible to see brown bears in the wild. Outside of the city of Zarnest, I met a German tour agency that takes small groups into the forest where the bears can be viewed from retired hunting hides.
Most of the bears that showed up were females with their cubs.
There were a few scuffles between different bears.
Some of the forest rangers that accompanied our group put out feed to attract the bears. The rangers even went so far as to tie up a dead pig for the bears to attack. I wasn’t exactly viewing the bears in their wild habitat and the experience was far from natural. However, the hide from which I was taking pictures was once used by the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu to shoot bears. While the bears are reliant on humans and the situation isn’t ideal, at least they are now protected from hunting.