Does this make you smile?

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© Darla Smedley
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Photo Info
UploadedJune 18, 2009
TakenOctober 2, 2006
Exposure1/320 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length155 mm
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

This lion was caught in a poacher's trap 5 years prior to this picture. He lost his back leg. He was rescued by park officials, nursed back to health, and returned to his pride. Because lions have few if any predators and the lionesses do most of the hunting, this lion was healthy and living peacefully despite human attempts at destruction.

34 responses

  • Ariel Loffi Gorostiaga

    Ariel Loffi Gorostiaga gave props (18 Jun 2009):


  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Thats the best news I have heard all day. What a silly grin, but I guess he can grin if he wants to. :-) He has a good reason.

  • Bimal Chandra Sharma (Rajopad

    Bimal Chandra Sharma (Rajopad said (18 Jun 2009): he is laughing with pain.

  • Noah Lieske

    Noah Lieske said (19 Jun 2009):

    Good shot. Unusual expression. Noah Lieske

  • firas bachi

    firas bachi said (20 Jun 2009):

    they say in the east:
    if you see lion bares his teeth, don't ever think he's smiling..!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    I think that this "smile" is more of a warning that if you get any closer to me I will attack you! It is an excellent capture of this beast : )

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    Yes! The picture and the story make me smile.

  • Bijan Z

    Bijan Z said (21 Jun 2009):

    "Hehehe, come closer," the lion seems to be saying. Great shot.

  • Zoe

    Zoe gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    Yes! :D

  • Jesús L. Yapor

    Jesús L. Yapor (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    yes it does!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    A fascinating shot of a beautiful creature - a good end it sounds, to an awful beginning.

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (15 Jul 2009):


  • Katie Johnson

    Katie Johnson said (17 Jul 2009):

    He is gorgeous! And I love the story. All of my animals are rescue animals so any story about an animal that was rescued from a grim fate always pulls at my heart strings. Great picture.

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (18 Jul 2009):

    Love conquers all.

  • Aimee A.

    Aimee A. gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    niiiice kitty.

  • Trandafir Alexandru

    Trandafir Alexandru said (1 Aug 2009):

    haha, is it a smile of hunger?

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (9 Aug 2009):

    cheeseball smile !!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (9 Aug 2009):

    I love his smile!! I hear a mawhaaaaaaaa behind it. LOL.

  • Myndi Murcin

    Myndi Murcin gave props (16 Aug 2009):


  • Alya Al Dhaheri

    Alya Al Dhaheri gave props (16 Aug 2009):

    LOOL Regenia that was so funny! And YES I cant help but smile looking at him :DDDD!

  • Beth Wode

    Beth Wode (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    What a great capture.

  • Heather Millsap

    Heather Millsap gave props (2 Jan 2010):

    I'm such a sucker for the animal photos. Yes, it makes me smile!

  • Bugsy Teo Jenn Yue

    Bugsy Teo Jenn Yue said (9 Jan 2010):


  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (18 Jan 2010):

    I'm so glad he was rescued!

  • charu ram

    charu ram gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    yes it does :)

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (26 Mar 2010):


  • Mandy Keller

    Mandy Keller gave props (5 May 2010):

    LOVE this!!!

  • LancelotLink

    LancelotLink gave props (7 Dec 2011):


  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (7 Dec 2011):


  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    Toooooooooo cute!

  • Victoria Laquindanum

    Victoria Laquindanum gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    this one made my day. cute!

  • Amra Cau

    Amra Cau said (22 Jan 2012):


  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (8 May 2012):

    he he, love it!

  • Lev Lerner

    Lev Lerner gave props (5 Aug 2012):

    Cute! First time I see lion's smile!

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