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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Farewell to the Hip Scar Male

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Claudine
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so sad, what a beautiful creature!

Lydia
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What a marvellous eulogy. Thanks, James.

Margarita Doychinova
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SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vaseem
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truly a fine tribute to beautiful lion the Hipscar! i cannot forget that moment when he came straight towards me an year ago as if to greet which indeed is an exhilarating experience of my lifetime. thanks for the wonderful blog and as rightly said the lions are animals and we simply should not associate their natural behavior with humans and judge……

Kim Sams
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What a wonderful eulogy for a magnificent lion. Thank you

Vickie D.
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Very sad, but wonderful to know he passed of natural causes.

KJS
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I’m glad the article talked about his paternal nature. Aside from his eyes, this is how I will remember him – as a steward to the majingilane’s many offspring. Thank you!

Mary Ann
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Thank you for telling us his story!

Jeff Rodgers
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We were fortunate to see the other 3 males several times during our visit a month ago. Sad that the fourth is gone.

Mike ryan
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Thanks James the dynamics of the future will be interesting

Ezequiel
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Interesting opinion in the hierarchy subject.

I always thought that he was second in dominance after Dark mane, at least in their first years as kings before he got the bad leg.

I find it very interesting you say Scar nose was more dominant than him, to me Scar nose always seemed to be the most passive of the four. I’ve seen footage of Golden mane(mostly) and Hip scar getting into brawls with Dark mane over women and food, but Scar nose got the hell out of incoming trouble when Dark mane looked to want something.

Also, I always thought he and Dark mane were the older brothers, Golden mane and Scar nose being the younger brothers.

But anyway, thanks for the article and pics James. He will not be forgotten.

Ann Seagle
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Thanks…well written👌

Les Moodie
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Such beautiful colouring. As James said, its a consolation that his death was due to natural causes. Sleep well old boy.

ykanadid@yahoo
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Sad for making RIP

Michael & Terri Klauber
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We will miss him and are sad to hear the news. He was Terri’s favorite with those golden eyes!

Evette Hartig
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beautifully said.

Brenda Quatember
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A beautiful tribute to a magnificent lion, thank you James!

Lynn Rattray
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So sorry to hear this. I had the pleasure of viewing him with his brothers and also spent time with the ‘babies’ in 2013. Wonderful memories!

LM
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Thank you for such a wonderful tribute. I’ve only been following this coalition for about 3 years and have often wished I knew their entire story. It’s nice to have a little bit of Hip Scar’s background. I’m sad I didn’t know of him and his brothers years ago. I’m heavy hearted that he has passed, but happy that he died the life of a wild Lion, and not at human hands. James – you’re very blessed to have been at Londolozi and witnessed these amazing Lions.

Sherri
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9 times out of 10, he was always there to protect & he was treated like shite, when he needed them the most. Calling night & day, but they just ignored him 😢 RIP HAS, no more suffering big guy 😢

Tshokwane
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As a fellow lion expert I preach the importance of distancing ourselves from antropomorphic bias. Even though you cross into that territory, it is understandable because the Majingilane are simply History’s most brutal killers. I too will shed a tear from the greatest lion coalition of all time passing.

Barry Stewart
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That’s a brilliant video of the story of the majingilane pride—-thankyou for sharing -brutal but real nature

Cynthia House
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Just when I was wondering what this magnificent lions fate was after reading about his poor condition I find out that he has gone. Thank you for a wonderful tribute to a majestic and impressive lion. Yes I feel sad but I am pleased to know that he died of natural causes, if only it was the case for all of them.

Lea
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James, thank you so much for this beautiful article and, I guess, eulogy, for Hip Scar. He was indeed a magnificent looking specimen of a male lion and, it appeared he had the patience with the younguns – as shown in the photos. A very sad ending for him, but, as you say, he died of natural causes, in the bush and will be immortalized in pictures and memories. Rest in Peace dear Hip Scar.

Irene Nathanson
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Beautiful photos and wonderful writing!

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