Picture 5 spotlights focused on the spectacle of the night – 2 huge male lions (brothers) in their prime, who “own” this part of the park, chowing down on a good-sized giraffe that had been killed previously by 6 two-year-old lions (cousins) from another part of the country.
Having scattered the 6 cousins, the 2 brothers roared during the night, proclaiming the meal that was now theirs. They had been gorging for the last 36 hours when we saw them, still a lot of giraffe left. Their stomachs were already hanging low, almost to the ground … still alert, guarding their claim. No dispute from anyone.
Waiting on the fringes, the 6 cousin lions, some hyenas, wild dogs and jackals, and vultures high in a tree for the final cleaning of the bones.
Life lesson #1 – there’s a basic corollary between life in the bush and the “civilized” world.
Life lesson #2: Life just ain’t fair. The 6 young lions killed the giraffe. As soon as the 2 adult male lions heard, they returned from patrolling “their territory” and snatched the kill from the 6 who had learned how to kill giraffes from their mothers, and who had worked hard to earn their meal, only to be robbed by the “big guys.”
And then there’s the giraffe. Enough said.
PS . Another “unfair” fact – lions sleep 20-22 hours a day.