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.
Each will eat until he is bloated.
While watching is not a pretty sight:
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,
a Jackal and Vulture come in to eat. Then, suddenly,
the Jackal is on alert as,
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.