LA122 – our kink-tailed fighter

LA117 and LA122, cousin-sisters, November 2014.
LA117 and LA122, cousin-sisters, November 2015.

The cub born to Tove, aka LA106, in June 2015 is a fighter. He belongs to the LAkette pride, with territory in the South section of the Crater floor. Although he deserves a fancier name, he remains just LA122 to us; the 122th cub born in LAkette pride. At his birth Tove was still a young and unexperienced mama, and clearly not interested in caring for her lone son. We often found Tove a good distance away from LA122, and when they were together Tove did her best to ignore him. As a cub, LA122 clearly wasn’t well cared for, as shown by his tufty unkempt fur. We are even a bit suspicious as to how he kinked his tail. Despite this we always found him in good spirit. Not having a caring mama, he made it to better care from his older aunties and his 6 and 10 months’ older cousins.

LA122 with his mother Tove, July 2015.
LA122 with his mother Tove, July 2015.
LA122 and cousin LA118. September 2015.
LA122 and cousin LA118. September 2015.

Today his Mama Tove has a new litter – 3 cubs she truly cares for. And LA122 continues to hang out with his 2 male cousins, with or without the rest of the Lakette pride. They are often found in the Ngitokitok area, feeding on buffalos, wildebeest or the occasional hippo. They also enjoy resting in the culverts along the main road. You can easily recognize LA122, by his obvious kink in the tail. Though still a youngster, he already has a tale to tell.

LA122 behind his father. You recognice him by his broken tail. October 2016.
LA122 behind his father. You recognice LA122 by his broken tail. October 2016.
Home area of LA122
Home area of LA122 in the Ngorongoro Crater

Updated October 2016