It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of yet another loss to the Tsalala Pride.
On the evening of the 26th December 2011 the Majingilanes were on a rampage. All four of them had grouped together and when a distant call of the Tsalala Pride could be heard it was a call to action. Three out of the four males marched their way across Londolozi roaring continuously. It was fascinating to watch the order in which these males charged forward. Leading the march was the Dark Mane Male, followed closely by the one with the Golden Mane Trailing 20 meters behind was the Scar Nose Male. I was intrigued that the Hip Scar Male did not participate in the proceedings and actually headed in the opposite direction.
They caught up with the Tsalala Pride on Winnis Clearing and all hell broke loose. The young male lion cub of the Tsalala Pride was killed instantly by the Scar Nose Majingilane. He roared multiple times as he lay on top of his victim. The pride was sent scattering in all directions.
NOT FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS
Fortunately a subsequent sighting of this pride confirms that all members, bar the dead cub, are fine and recuperating in the vicinity of Ximpalapala Koppie.
This is very sad for the lovers of the Tsalala Pride, as it was this cub which had escaped death once before when he survived out in the bush for 5 weeks alone. Not too long ago we published a piece about the story of this individual lion and the sheer number of responses tells one how special this pride is to so many people. He had survive both Hyenas and weeks without substantial food. Who would have though that one of his fathers would put an end to his life. He will be missed.
Why would the Majingilane Males kill their own cub? I do not have the answers… Did the Scar Nose Male not mate with the female, thus was he possibly not one of the fathers? Are the Majingilane Males not direct brothers as we had initially thought? All this is confused by the fact that the four males seem so relaxed around the Sparta Pride cubs? Nature is brutal and sometimes very difficult to understand. Did they target this individual lion cub or was it because he was simply the slowest to run?
So with huge respect we say farewell to a brave cub. With his death comes a question mark over the social status of the notorious brotherhood of the Majingilane. I would love to hear from you if you have heard of male lions killing their own cubs before and what you opinion is on this incident.
Written, photographed and filmed by Adam Bannister