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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 How Long Will the Injured Birmingham Male Last?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is sad. He does not look good. I saw a few weeks ago that one of the Avoca males in the north was also badly injured.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

It is the way of the wild, but incredibly sad.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

James, He is a part of the “Londolozi family”. I know you will keep us posted. Raising a glass to him. Cheers big fellow. Keep on keeping on.

Kate Doyle
Explorer

Awwwww. Look at that poor leg! Is there any chance it could heal?

Kim Heckman
Explorer

So sad to watch such a majestic, powerful, beautiful creature whittle down to almost nothing and then die. Nature is tough. I hope he can keep up for awhile.

Declan Porter
Explorer

I think an animal’s ability to recover and persist while injured is remarkable and not something they often get credit for. Being in the position that he is in he is lucky that he is part of a coalition and has pride females hunting but like you say it’s more of a short term stay of execution. When herds disperse and finding prey become harder it will definitely put pressure on him. Luckily from a genetic point of view he has brothers that carry his bloodline. Will be interesting to see how he survives.

Mary Shabbott
Explorer

I apologize for the ignorant question, but how did he get injured? My prayers go out for this beautiful lion and hope he recovers.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

Hope the pride can continue to “care” for him. It is always so sad to lose such a magnificent animal.

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Let’s hope the pride takes down a buffalo pronto.

Scottsebas55
Explorer

How did the Birmingham Male get injured. Never saw any mention of it. Are the other two still fit and strong. Is there any coalition of males ready to take over there territory or can the two keep there territory if and when the brother passes. Hope we hear how the brother got injured. Great blog as always.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, we were lucky enough to see a Birmingham Male on last visit (2018). So sorry to hear about his injury😟

Thiago Medeiros
Explorer

Hello James, thanks for this update. Do you know what cause that injury? Looks like Buffalo horns. What happened?

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

He’s a beautiful, proud looking male, scars and all. It’s distressful to see him so lean but to be expected given his circumstances. The Birmingham males are a force, having established quite the pride of all the Ntsevu females and the resulting offspring. Given the family the nature of lions, hopefully they will continue to provide this male with the food he needs to survive for many months more. I know you’ll keep us posted.

Chelsea Allard
Senior Digital Ranger

Are there any theories as to what caused the injury in the first place?

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Sad to see Nsuku in such a state. I hope his days are many and food is plenty.. Travel safe old friend..

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

James, I am curious as to what exactly his injury is? Looking at your one photo of his leg, I would guess dislocation, but because it’s atrophied it may not be so. The good thing going for him is the support he has in the form of his brothers as you said and the Ntsevu Pride. I think the Southern Avocas are content in the south and numbers aren’t in their favor and the single Othawa Male and two old Matimbas certainly won’t push their luck from the west. The only real potential challengers in the Sabi Sands would be the three Northern Avocas, but they seem to be content with the Nkuhumas and Talamati Prides in the north. Thanks for the update on him and the recent photos!

Julie Loyd
Explorer

Hello to you all at Londolozi. This is my first comment although I have been following you for quite a while with great appreciation. Were there not 4 Birmingham coalition males at one point? I missed what happened to the other two. I see them on Safari Live in Djuma as well but maybe not for some time. Thanks for the daily blogs to my email…I so enjoy them. Julie

Chris Cordon
Explorer

James, thanks for the update on this lion. Does anyone know how the injury happened?

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Very sad to see this James. The Birminghams have been a very strong coalition. That leg looks dreadful and surely must cause him a great deal of pain. However, I guess that is life in the bush. Thanks for sharing this update with us.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

This is so sad, James. I hate seeing any animal in this condition. That hip must be agony. Do you know what happened to put him in this condition? Wendy M

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

It is of course sad but just a product of the same life cycle we all find ourselves living in. We are all just trying to keep up with the pack so as not to fall too far behind but sooner or later life will catch up. In the meantime just keep smiling and enjoy life!

Deenakay
Explorer

How very sad. They are such a magnificent coalition. It was crushing when they left Djuma. I pray Nsuku don’t have to suffer longer.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I’m pretty confident that he’ll managed to bounce back

Karen Gilliam
Digital Ranger

Well written James.
Very sad to see Nsuku or any animal in such rough struggling condition.

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