On a photographic safari in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Juan Carlos was watching a pride of lions resting under some low shrubs. Any action seemed unlikely as lions are renowned for resting up to 20 hours a day, becoming most active at night. Juan Carlos was enjoying trying to focus on the face of one young male. To his surprise, he spotted a mouse crouched calmly under the lion’s paw.
With his camera steadied by a beanbag on the window frame of his vehicle, Juan Carlos swiftly composed his shot. His quick reactions were rewarded with this tightly framed moment of peace between one of Africa’s smallest mammals and one of its largest – a nod to Aesop’s fable The Lion and the Mouse, which teaches mutual dependence regardless of size or status. A few seconds later, the mouse quietly left.
Image: Feel safe by #WPYalumni Juan Carlos Mimó Perez, Spain. Finalist 2014, #WPYPeoplesChoice Award.
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