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on Tsalala original tailless female is dead

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Arden Zalman
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She is in Lion Heaven & we will miss her but honored that she was in our lives

Katy Chandler
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I have been wondering what happened to her. I watched her story unfold on Big Cat Diary. I am tickled to hear she survived 15 years !! She was inspiring when it came to survival. I am still looking for updates on Solo, her son. Thank you for the tribute.

Adam Bannister
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This is extremely sad news. This female had a big place in many of our hearts. Her story was remarkable and will be told around many a campfire. I wish her well. Farewell my friend, you were my favourite lion! You have played a massive role in the lion dynamics of the Sabi Sand and your gene-line will continue. I will never forget the many moments that Solly and I tracked you, viewed you, photographed you and marveled at your beauty and perseverance. Solly loved you too and Marthly Pools was a special place indeed. Rest in Peace the Original Tailless Female.

Wendy Hawkins
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Beautiful tribute to a wonderful Lioness! I am sure that she will be missed by you all. RIP old girl 🙁

Iren Juppa
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Thanks <3

Nancy Armitage
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My heart is saddended by the news of the death of the old tailless lioness. I hope her story will go on through the years as one of the special lioness of Londolozi. We first saw her many years ago with the raw wound from her tail being ripped off by hyenas while she was protecting her cubs. At that time she still had two subadult male lions. One was later killed by the Mapogo pride and the other is alive and named Solo. Two years after that sighting we saw her with her two adult daughters with the Mapogo Pride and then saw her last summer walking slowly with her two daughters and found out later she was pregnant at that time with her final cub. She was a nurturing mother, as well as a courageous and wise lioness.

Shirley
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BB lived many years, and her story was followed from the beginning to the end. This is an amazing advantage these days to be able to follow them as we do.

Sandy Johnson
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Oh my gosh, such sad news. Tom, am I understanding that she was killed by her own daughters?

Mike
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R.I.P. B.B. That is so sad she was AWESOME!

Vicki
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My heart is broken…………I will have a hard time looking at the breakways again without thinking about what they did to their mother/grandmother. BB was my favorite lion in all of SS for many years…….I have followed her as closely as the internet allowed since she was very young. I know many of the trackers and rangers have followed her more closely longer since they were there to see it all happen in person. In my eyes this is the greatest lioness to live through all she has and been able to raise as many cubs in litters not composed of singletons with no other cubs in the pride as she has.I knew ” precious” as Adam named her would be BB last cub, I was so disappointed when she didn’t make it :(. BB is the only reason there is a tsalala pride or breakaway pride in SS…………what greater tribute to her?

Suzanne Myers
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Vicki~ I so agree with you!!!! I was sad too the little cub didn’t make it but never heard what happened to it!!! I have not heard what happened to BB …How can I if you know find out>?

Suzanne Myers
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Tears flow from my eyes as I say farewell to MY QUEEN,MY HERO,MY LOVE, B.B. I know in our eyes 15 is a few years BUT cheers to this BRAVE~GALLANT~BEAUTIFUL GIRL that made it for many years!!!!She will be greatly missed. It was just days ago she was trailing UP in the tree of a leopards kill!!!! I thank-you so much for the news!!! As in every picture I looked for “BB”…. She had won my heart!!!! She will live in my heart and memories!!! “BB” RIP !!

Lisa O
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What a lovely tribute Tom, as always you write so well. Sad loss for all!

Vicki
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Londolozi……..you don’t need to post this,( I would prefer you didn’t) is a special request. Could you please do a special blog and post pictures of her……..(not of her lying there gone) that have been taken through the years. Give her the credit due as you have done with other special animals who primarily reside in your area?

shirley Bruynder
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Very sad news. I love lions. She was my favorite and a remarkable lioness. She is now in
heaven . I will miss her. R.I.P. my lionness.

Dhiradj Ramautarsing
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Must have been tough for her when she realized the ones whose lifes she had saved were killing her.

gloria
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RIP SWEET BB You have lived a full life.It makes it hard to believe your own relatives killed you.I understand the dynamatice of the bush but will be hard knowing that the ones you nutured also brought about your demise.I will always remember how you an then your daughter also lost her tail an carried on.How close you were to her.A big ROAR to you my sweet girl I will miss all the updates on you in the future.You r now in the big lion heaven just being BB.Thxs so much for this blog as i know it was so hard to write. So many of us loved you Grandma

Rosie
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RIP BB, you were a great lioness and will be greatly missed by many around the world. It’s so hard to hear that the grandaughters that she fought so hard to protect and bring up, and stop the males from killing, have done this to her. I suppose we must remember though that they are also the offspring of the Mapogos. She was such a magnificent looking lioness, it was always such a pleasure to see her on the internet while watching the Wildearth drives, she always reminded me of a boxer dog without her tail ! RIP beautiful lady, a little piece of my heart goes with you.

Lucien Beaumont
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To the first lioness I tracked and found on foot, the Tsalala tailless will be sorely missed. What a legendary big cat of Londolozi!

Sheena
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My heart aches for those of you who had the joy to witness her journey in life, and Adam’s comments made me shed a tear for the loss of such a female warrior – she lives on in her pride and I am sure will remain a beloved part of Londolozi for many many years. Fly high BB, fly high ….

Tim Long
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Tom,
I can only imagine what the rangers and trackers at londo must be feeling.. Reading this story just brings tears to my eyes.. I will never forget the day we spent both morning and evening drives tracking the tsala pride to only find them teaching a young lion how to hunt, but really teaching us how to hunt.. That night was so black.. she used the jeep as cover as she sat down next to Marty’s and mine seat as she circled the impala.. what a memory to have of that old lady..

Sandy DePaul
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I didn’t think I would cry again..after the death of “The Mapogos”, but aging cats are not my strong suit. I followed BB for a long time…I loved her dearly. I know she is in a better place today….after Karula is gone…..no more attachment…..probably.

Judy Guffey
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The mother of all patience! What a fitting tribute to her love of her cubs.

Lynn Rattray
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So very sad. I’m speechless at how her end came. Please explain how this happens in the lions’ world.

Clarice
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Tears come to my eyes while reading this story. We had the opportunity of seeing her when we went to Londolozi last March. And we will never forget her. She was a queen and will always be!!!!! Very well written, Tom. Congratulations!!!!

MJ
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BB was one special lioness.. We will miss her.
The bush is not a place that makes room for the old or the disabled. Life sometimes does not seem fair. But BB lived a long and wonderful life.. She will be sorely missed

CAROLYN HAYWOOD
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Tom, what a wonderful, insightful article this is! You are correct of course; 15 years is a ripe old age for a lion in the wild……but of course it is still sad. The lives of lions is never an easy one; and now the future of these awesome animals is endangered. It would be nice for everyone to send a gift of money or write a letter to proper authorities, in honor of this female.

Carsten
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Tom, you are an excellent writer, and you gave tribute and homage to BB the way she deserved… She was truly a beautiful lioness, an awesome mother, and has seen so much in her time… It is too bad that her own daughters gave her such a savage beating… If lions respected their parents, the way humans respected theirs, I am sure they would be so happy to see her, and run their children to their grandma in glee… Unfortunately, when food is short and there is kids to feed, the lion will reject their own blood…and BB felt the brunt of her daughters aggression. It sucks but, at least we had her for 15 year–and that’s a victory in its own right.

Thank you Tom, I look forward to reading more of your poetic style of writing again.

Carsten

Amy
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I can’t begin to tell you how sad my family is to hear of her passing – especially in the way it happened. We were privileged to have seen her and her two daughters and granddaughters in the summer of 2012. We had heard the many stories of her and what a wonderful mother she was and were thrilled to get to “meet” her in person. We are certain that there is sadness at Londolozi as well as throughout the world as she touched many. She will be remembered and missed.

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