Over the course of a few days the Ngamo release site's research team has had the great pleasure to witness Milo and AS5 bonding several times. On the 23rd of May the research team noticed that AS5 was lying next to Milo and ended up mirroring his father.
AS5 was just sitting up next to his dad until, before long, they were both lying on their side in the exact same position. In no time, they both rolled over on to their backs at the same time and lounged in the grass. It was quite a sight and good to see some father and son bonding time.
On Monday the 26th, the research team approached the pride and noticed AS5 move toward his father playfully. They were interested to see if the alpha male was in a good mood this afternoon. AS5 greeted his dad and flopped down onto his front legs. To the research team’s surprise, Milo started to groom his son.
AS5 rolled back and forth, almost telling Milo where to groom. This continued for a few minutes until AS5 started to nibble his father’s face! Milo didn’t seem too pleased with this and AS5 was clearly testing his limits. But with a few low grumbles of protest from Milo, AS5 got the message and reluctantly walked away and dropped to the grass like a sack of potatoes. It was clear AS5 was satisfied with his father’s grooming and bonding.