watercolour on paper
25 x 41cm
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Blade is a lion with interesting behaviour. He is about three years old and will soon be sexually mature. He swings between two prides, neither of whom are related to him and gets fed by them. In return his duties seem to include babysitting cubs that are not his. This is unusual behaviour as male lions will often kill cubs that are not their own in order to bring the mother back into oestrus and mate with her. Females, therefore, will not usually tolerate a strange lion. Poor Blade was finding life stressful at this time and began to lose his hair. By the time I left he was completely bald on top.

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