Kwali and Ashanti get the job done

5 11 2011

After the gorefest of the previous few days in the Ngamo release site, it appears as if the lions have begun to calm down a little from their bloodthirsty tendencies.  This is, however, with the exception of Thursday (3 November) evening, when they took down a zebra stallion by waterhole three.  The researchers had been with Milo and Phyre (who is in oestrus) in the Kruger area when the unmistakable screams of a zebra in pain were heard from Tree Tops.  Phyre and Milo immediately ran in the direction of the noise.  Joining them at speed from other areas of the site were AT1, Nala and Narnia, and even Kenge arrived from her den.  They all sped towards where the calls were coming from.  We followed close behind and met Ashanti and Kwali on top of a wide-eyed male zebra, who, unfortunately for him, was still very much alive whilst the rest of the pride arrived and started to tuck in to dinner.  It appeared as if Kwali had taken down the zebra with the help of Ashanti, the latter of whom was trying to strangle the animal.  A few long minutes passed before the zebra finally passed out and the lions could enjoy their meal in peace.

Unlike his usual bossy behaviour at a kill, Milo sat quietly next to Phyre and politely let her eat whilst he rested.  This is common for a male to let a female in heat eat before he does.  He did try his luck a few times though, but was met with a ferocious Phyre who quickly put him back in his place.  It was nice to see AT1 sitting by pals Nala and Kenge eating with the rest of the lionesses.  She even growled a few times when another female stole the part of the carcass that she wanted for herself.  Kenge too looked in great shape and left the carcass as the sun started to go down to head back in the direction of her den.

AT1 has been tagging along with Nala and Narnia, the queens of hunting, for the last few days.  We are sure that if she sticks with the N’s that she will become a proficient killing machine in no time at all!  She even tried her developing skills out on some guinea fowl on Wednesday (2 November), but sadly for her, the birds were a bit too fast for her that day.  We are sure that it won’t be long until the guinea fowls won’t be able to escape her teeth and claws though!

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