What does he look like?
Nel is an older cub with a light beige coat and a lighter warm undercoat. Like his family, he has circular markings above and below his eyes, both being a light warm color. His mane and tail are a dark charcoal gray-brown color and his eyes are pale orange. His nose is also a dark sandy pink color.
What is his personality like?
Nel is very headstrong and rambunctious. He loves playing tricks on his family and friends. While being a bit obnoxious, he is very respectful towards his elders and knows when to stop being silly. Like his sister, he enjoys sunbathing and naps and is very inclusive with those around him. All other animals his age love being around and playing with him.
Nel's father, Leo is deceased due to a hunting accident. His mother, Savanna, and older sister, Leona, are his only known living relatives. He has a sister-in-law, Kat, and adoptive niece, Bibi.
Where does he live?
Nel, his mother, and sister were previously loners. Nel now resides in Ni's Pride, a small pride consisting of about 30 members. The pride consists of lions, wild dogs, and caracals.
What's his story?
Nel, born Lionel, was the second and last born cub of his parents, Savanna and Leo. His father died before he was born, so Nel was raised by his mother and sister, Leona. Nel was like an average, everday little boy when he was younger. He loved to muck around in the dirt, swim, and overall had a big imagination. He was very obedient though, and was aware of the danger that surrounded him, so he was always alert when he went out on his own.
After a scuffle between his mother and some hyena's, Savanna was badly injured and needed help. No amount of TLC and rest would help these wounds. So, Nel and his family went off in search of any animals that could help. They happened upon a pride led by a lion named Ni. He was sympathetic to their situation and allowed them to stay within the pride for as long as they needed. During her care, Nel stayed by his mother's side until he was absolutely sure that she was safe and healing. After that, he turned his focus to befriending the young animals of the pride.
A little while down the road, his sister, Leona, became mates with another lioness, Kat. He absolutely adored Kat and thought of her as another big sister, albeit a quieter and nervous sister. They even adopted a cub of their own not long after. Her name was Bibi and Nel loved her from the moment he laid eyes on her. Whenever Leona or Kat couldn't watch over her, he was Bibi's designated babysitter, along with Ni of course. He taught her how to walk, talk, and generally just played with her while Ni would watch them.