National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, First Place, Baby Animals: Lisa Hoffner, California While on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Hoffner’s vehicle hit a large rock and got stuck. Lucky for her, four cheetah cubs happened to be playing on a log nearby. After three grew tired and lay down to rest, this cub “climbed to the top to get to eye level with its mom,” she says. “They proceeded to gently groom one another before retiring to sleep in the shade.”
2012 Photo Contest Winners - National Wildlife Federation
Sometimes jackal pups will stay with their parents and help raise their younger siblings. Most pup deaths occur during the first 14 weeks of life, so the presence of helpers increases the survival rate.