Lion appears to suffer an existential crisis before turning to drink

Reflecting on where it all went wrong: Lion appears to be suffering an existential crisis (but, just like a human, has a drink to cheer himself up!)

A lion has been captured reflecting on where it all went wrong – before turning to drink to cheer himself – in a set of striking photographs taken in South Africa.

The male adolescent with the thousand-yard stare appeared to be filled with anguish as he lay beside the watering hole in Greater Kruger National Park. 

But fortunately he was able to rally out of the melancholy pool of despair and instead drown his sorrows in the nearby water, appearing to be more than somewhat cheered after having a sip. 

The images were captured by Kruger guide Moosa Varachia who said that as a young lion soon due to leave his family to strike out alone, he was perhaps starting to feel the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Maybe this lion felt sad because soon he would soon have to leave his pride and go fend for himself,’ Ms Varachia said. ‘The lion could definitely have been experiencing a life crisis about leaving his home and going out into the real world.’ 

Existential dread: The adolescent male with the thousand-yard stare appears to be filled with anguish as he lies beside the watering hole in Greater Kruger National Park. The images were captured by parks’ guide Moosa Varachia who said that as a young lion he was perhaps having a tough time adjusting to his new responsiblities. ‘ Maybe this lion felt sad because soon he would soon have to leave his pride and go fend for himself,’ Ms Varachia said. ‘The lion could definitely have been experiencing a life crisis about leaving his home and going out into the real world.’

Drowning the sorrows: The young male was finally able to rally out of his despair by taking a drink from the nearby watering hole


The young male is soon due to leave the pride to fend for himself and was perhaps feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders



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