Circle of Life

July 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

One of the events you witness several times if you are on safari is a predator at its kill.  In this sequence, four brother Lions have killed a Cape Buffalo, we think the previous night.

Lion Eating

Each will eat until he is bloated.

While watching is not a pretty sight:

Lion Eats In this case it was also instructive.  As the top of the food chain is eating, the next layers down are gathering for what is left.  In this situation, we encountered Jackals and Vultures that had begun to gather.  Obviously, they won't get in the way of the king when he is eating, but they flit about looking for scraps.  And then, all the brothers left suddenly to chase another Lion.  One of our trucks chased the chase, but we decided to stay put.  So, after the coast is clear,

Food Chain Eats a Jackal and Vulture come in to eat.  Then, suddenly,

Jackal Watching the Jackal is on alert as,

Galloping Lion the Lion returns to finish his dinner.

We drove by this site the next day, and there was nothing left of the Cape Buffalo.  Nothing goes to waste.


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