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Lion kill

  It is pretty rare to witness a kill as most predators hunt at night.  I hadn’t yet seen one but that changed with my trip to Botswana…

  We drove to Moremi Game Reserve and soon after entering the reserve came across a large watering hole with a variety of animals (warthogs, zebra, giraffe and impala). 

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  It didn’t take long to notice that the animals were nervously watching in a certain direction.

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  We drove over and found five or six lions sitting in the shade. 

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  I have seen many lions and for 22 hours a day, they do little but rest.  However, we weren’t in a hurry and I hoped to get some photos of a giraffe drinking, so we decided to hang around the watering hole.  It may seem strange that the animals hang around when they know predators are in the area but since cats typically rely on surprise, it makes sense that the animals would prefer to know where they are.  They make noises and stare in the direction of the predator to let the predator know that they know it is there and thus reduce the chance the predator will think it can surprise them.

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  This group of zebra made sure the lions knew that they had been spotted and eventually went to the hole to drink as did the other animals.  Our guide spotted some movement from the lions and sensed that something might be up so we sped over to check on the lions.

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  Moments later, a female got up and began to stalk. 

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  It ran toward the nearest giraffe that was keeping watch on them.

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  But it was only using the giraffe for cover and soon ran toward the herd of zebra.  The dust in the photo is from the zebra herd running off and the lion wasn’t even close.  However, once the dust cleared, we saw that the young zebra in the herd (check photo above) had stumbled and the lion quickly made chase.

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  Our guide raced to the dust cloud and parked right next to the lioness with her kill. 

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  As the lioness sat there, the other lions in the pride trotted over looking for her and most ran past her.  She didn’t move or make a sounds as the others ran past and I now believe this was purposeful as the pride was large and the zebra was small. 

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  They quickly started in on the zebra.

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  Soon we counted 12 lions on the kill.

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  The final member of the pride arrived…

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  For a while, he shared with the others but soon decided he wanted it all and chased the rest of the group away.

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  The rest of the group then went to the watering hole to drink.  One of the young lions was a male and he seemed to the messiest eater of the bunch.

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  It was an amazing start, more photos to come…

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  1. Lois
    May 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Absolutely incredible story and photos!!!

  2. Bruno
    May 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Hey – these pics look familiar!
    Great shots. Bruno

  3. Joan
    May 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I don’t think I would want to see one. The poor little zebra.

  4. Kylie Hutchinson
    May 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Wow, that beats our wild dogs hands down. Jared and Justin must be so jealous! You should submit some of these to a contest/magazine.

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