The youngster ignored his father's warnings and the next morning we found him dead, a couple hundred meters from Ximuwu camp, his father strangled him....a very sad day on Ximuwu!
As life continue in the bush luckily new cubs are born regularly and funny situations are also happening continuously, this young cub is not shy to dive into the feasting party of her pride.
This year we witnessed a new split-of in the pride, 2 of the young males and 3 of their sisters decided to move a little more east most of the time. We still see them often but from the direction they appear and the direction they move back to is more east as where the rest of the group is. One of the female lionesses re-thought her decision one day and thought she could re-connect with her sisters, this was a bad idea. One evening we were having dinner and the silence of the bush was disturbed by this immense noice. We first thought the lions had a kill but this kept lasting. We decided to have a look and the poor lioness stand in front of our hanger surrounded by her 4 sisters from the other group and they were fighting. It was awful to see how this poor animal had no chance and as things under these circumstances always get worse, hyena's started to show up hoping for a free diner. We decided to do what we are not allowed to do at all, interfere in nature, we drove slowly towards the lions in the hope to stop this battle (we still had the fresh memory of losing the young male in our minds) and luckily it worked. The 4 lionesses backed of, leaving the heavily wounded lioness alone. But we had still the problem of the hyena's so we made some sort of shield with our cars to protect the poor animal. After an hour she recovered slightly and she fled into the bush. Next morning we had blood traces around the hanger everywhere up to 1,5 meters high.