Lions often stay in prides consisting of one or more male lions, a few lionesses, few sub adult cubs and some young cubs. The size of the pride can reach more than 20 lions. Often lionesses work together to raise cubs, hunt and feed the entire pride.
When we saw this pride, they were enjoying their meal of a wildebeest they had hunted early morning. Each member of the pride took turn to eat their share of the kill. The dominant lion ate for a long time. When he was full, he got up, went to the lioness and started grooming her. The lioness was still hungry and kept eating while happily accepting this show of affection.
To me, it looked like the lion's way of saying thanks for providing food and taking care of the family!! Such simple gesture!!! What do you think the lion was saying?