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Thanks Tom Kellie! The levels of adrenaline in this situation was off the charts.. My first lion-kill, my third game-drive ever, did not expect to witness this. 

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Etosha big-boy.

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Selous, November 2014

 

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Etosha NP, Namibia 

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the golden morning light. What a great way to start a day, with the king of the savannah. 

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A completely chance sighting.

We were zooming along the Chobe river towards Kasane, not really thinking about much except the fact that our safari was coming to an end, when one of the ladies shouted "stop! lion! lion!"

 

And there she was, a beautiful young lioness sitting on the bank above us, just enjoying the view.

 

 

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Lioness with cub. Sabi Sand

 

I've played with this one a bit in Photoshop

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I hope it's not too sad. Here is a lonely sick lioness we saw in Kruger in 2015. She was positively skeletal. A few members in our jeep couldn't help but shed a tear for the poor thing.

 

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@monalisaThere is still beauty in death. A very poignant image which truly reflects the reality of the life of a lion. I saw three young male lions in The Ngorongoro Crater two years ago in very poor condition. (Image attached). Our guide was convinced they had been driven out of their pride too early and that they would be unable to hunt for themselves. I often wonder what became of them knowing full well the probable outcome. Lets hope she has left her genes behind in The Kruger, she doesn't appear to be that old, possibly 5-6 years? Have a real soft spot for wild cats, this lioness when well would have been a very impressive animal. Thanks for sharing.   

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Lion hunt and kill that was broadcast live on the safariLIVE Youtube page. Hunt footage starts around 1:30:00:

 

 

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Thanks so much @johnweir. I just love cats as well and I see what you mean. There is so much behind those eyes that paints the picture of a formerly great hunter. 

How young were the 3 lions in your photo, do you know? The one in the back looks like it might be a bit older than the others? I too would be curious to know what became of them.

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@monalisa The image was taken in July 2015, as mentioned in the basin of The Ngorongoro Crater at 08.15. I keep reasonably detailed sightings reports , so just checked what I had written on the day. 

'3 young male lions, probably brothers, sighted 1 mile north of the descent road asleep in open savanna, very exposed.

No reaction to the significant amount of safari traffic building up around them.

No adults around, very vulnerable to predation from unrelated males.

8-10 months old.

Very poor condition, thin, ribs exposed.

Guide had seen them with a pride 3 months ago, convinced they had been pushed out by their mother and are unable to feed.

Long term future, bleak.' 

 

2 further images attached.

1. As seen

2. Close up of one of the brothers.

 

One of my saddest moments whilst in pursuit of wild cats.

 

 

 

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@johnweir Sad, but great images. They really convey a sense of desolation and hopelessness for those lions. Good on you also for keeping record of all the details. Those sorts of notes are absolutely invaluable when looking back on past trips. 

 

My guide never mentioned how old he thought this lioness was, but I recall him attributing her state to TB. I don't know much about animal health issues so can't comment on how true that is. Whatever she had, she was clearly pushed out of her pride as a result of it.

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@monalisa, What a shame. Could well be TB, looks far too young just to be the end of her natural life.

Hope you enjoy many more wild cat sightings of a more positive nature. 

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Ngorongoro Crater, central Serengeti, August 2017

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South Luangwa Nov 2010 .... Ginger

 

from this ....

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to this .....  Oct 2016 ....

 

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Hopefully I'll get see him again next month when I visit SLNP.

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A rather different lion portrait: 

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Trip report 

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Enjoying eachothers company. Thought this picture was kind of adorable :-) 

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