Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Elephant Plains Day 4: An African Wild Puppy Pile
Our first sighting today was of a pride of lions feasting on a freshly killed baby giraffe. We learned that the facial scaring seen on older lions is the result not of fierce battles with enemies. Rather, it's the consequence of dinner table territorial disputes. If two lions are munching away on some tasty baby giraffe ribs and get too close to one another, the claws come out and some swatting is done to establish feeding domains.
We made our way, rightly or wrongly, to an African Wild Dog nursery. Puppies were piled into a tight formation, doing their best to sleep. But a few remained on full alert.
At our sundowner, no one (other than me) had any interest in this scene.
Thankfully, I'm not a slave to small-group social dynamics.
ODP Blog - Elephant Plains: Two Prides of Lions, One Kill, – and 10 Hyenas
Elephant Plains Day 4