In the early hours of the morning, WE found a special treat to ring in the New Year: Thandi and her cub were lying together on a log near their den. Due to hyena activity in the area, Thandi was a bit stressed and snarled at us to vent her frustration with close proximity to multiple predators. Her cub was very happy though and treated us to some playtime. The cub jumped about the log and climbed over its mother, grooming Thandi in a series of cute displays. WE decided to leave them soon after to avoid stressing out Thandi further but this was still a very cute sighting.
WE found Thandi again outside her den, her cub alongside her. The cub was in a very playful mood, bouncing about and playfully stalking Thandi, who patiently tolerated her excitable ‘attacks’. After a bit, the two moved into the road, when suddenly an impala alarm called. Thandi, sensing possible danger, tried to pick up the cub to move out of the open but the cub wasn’t having it. The cub (confirmed to be female) rolled out of Thandi’s gentle grasp and continued playing. Thandi let her and they moved away from the road, eventually ending up at the new den site where they settled down together.