Time to head out…there is nothing like the excitement that starts to build the moment the engine of the game viewer comes to life. With an empty road ahead, those on board wonder what might be around the next corner or just over the horizon. In this instance, the tracker seat was empty as there was the promise of lions in close proximity.
And that turned out to be exactly what occurred. We came around a corner and this enormous female was peering at us through the broken roots of a dead tree. Although smaller than the males, they are still larger than expected when you are only a few meters away.
Lions are not necessarily coprophagic, but this youngster enjoyed playing with the large balls of elephant dung that he had discovered on a riverbank close to where the adults were devouring the last part of an Impala kill.
“Look at me”, this youngster seems to be saying. It was inquisitive and took time out to stare at us intently…albeit from this strange position.
Brain food…literally! Humans are taught that fish is brain food, but in the wild, the predators seem to enjoy Impala brains as part of their meal.
And they do consume lots of water to keep hydrated.
Deep in the doo-doo. Too lazy to move, this youngster uses the elephant dung as both a toy and a pillow.
But at some point, it begins to realize that the taste is not a fine dining experience. Much like domestic cats, lions have a range of facial expressions that can convey emotions and keep guests entertained simultaneously.
Brothers in arms…
Much like the adult female, this youngster kept her eye on us as she came down the mountainside to cross the road not too far from where we were parked.
Caution is the watchword. Even though they are one of the apex predators, lions tend to be careful and skittish when approaching something unfamiliar.
Another African sunset. Living on this continent we are spoiled for choice when it comes to sunsets and sunrises. I am always grateful for each and every one I get to experience and the people that I get to share them with.
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