A Lesson in Hunting

Being a field guide we are privileged to see many amazing and spectacular sightings from wildlife to insects to sunsets over the valleys, but every guide has a story that strikes a cord more then the rest. As for myself, mine came 2 days ago. While out on drive, busy scanning and appreciating the various intriguing things the bush has to offer, we were ever so luckily to stumble upon 4 young lions, 3 females and 1 male. Now as amazing as this sighting is on its own, the story gets better when the 4 youngsters located a small herd of waterbuck standing in a conveniently open area. This location was perfect for us because we could watch and appreciate the sighting from a respectful distance without interfering. Although the lions were not successful in their hunt due to their inexperience as they were still very young, it was amazing to see how they communicated and coordinated their assault and how they used the environment to their advantage. It was also amazing to see how the prey animals are perfectly adapted to surviving these moments. A truly unforgettable experience.

Josh Beaton

06/01/2012



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