Real-life Simba’s first growl caught on camera
This tiny lion cub gave sightseers their very own recreation of The Lion King when it attempted its FIRST ROAR.
Just like Simba from the 1994 Disney classic, the headstrong three-month-old cub insisted on marching away from the pride on his own to explore.
Heinrich Neumeyer, 32, couldn’t believe his luck when the cub at the South African reserve decided to try out what he believes could have been its first roar.
Heinrich said: “There were eight cubs in total, but this little one stole the show, no one seemed to notice the others.
“The whole group were stunned by this little guy’s performance, the mischievous cub wasn’t listening to its mother.
“He definitely reminded us of Simba, he didn’t want there to be any rules. He moaned the whole time he was being carried by his mother and ran away as soon as he was let go.
“His mum called him back a couple of times but he was not finished and he didn’t even look in her direction.
“She was not having any of it and started walking to the cub, and continued calling him and he still ignored her.
“When she reached him he quickly tried to run away but she managed to trip him and he tumbled a couple of times.”
The professional wildlife photographer and safari guide, from Rustenburg, South Africa, snapped the pictures of the captivating cub in the early hours of the morning at the Sabi Sands game reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park.
Heinrich said: “We could hear the roars of the lion pride throughout the night, but in the early morning we were woke by raucous roars which suddenly pierced through the early hours.
“Our guide quickly walked to each room with his flashlight and gathered all of us for an earlier than usual game drive.
“We hastily made our way to the game drive vehicles and the excitement was electric!
“Not even five minutes into the drive we found the entire Nkuhuma Pride; the kings responsible for waking us all.”
The pictures show the young lion cub breaking free from his mother before practicing his mighty roar to his adoring crowd.
Heinrich said: “He paused for a couple of seconds contemplating what to do next, he looked at our vehicle, then the most adorable little cub made an attempted roar.
“Our hearts melted and our cameras fired away!
“There were a lot of oohs and aahs from the group as the cub tried to state his authority.
“This little brave heart surely made it worth waking up so early and he stole our hearts.
“With a will of his own and not following any rules, this little fluff ball is all set to be a one of a kind ruler.”