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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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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is amazing how these animals survive severe injuries.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, thanks for the reminder of how strong these lions are. We have watched many over the years battle through protecting their territory! Lion warfare can be brutal!

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Fantastic story! I’m happy that it healed so well! Lions are fantastic, so powerful! Thank you for sharing!

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

This healing power of animals in general and this lion in particular is really amazing. And what a good-looking lion he is! Nature is a wonder every day.

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello James I watched a documentary in which a lioness escaped with her cubs and her older daughter. She was severely wounded by a zebra and it seemed that she was about to die – and consequently her family too. Moreover she was followed by two male lions… in the end she recovered and saved her family. These animals are really amazing truly apex predators.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Ranger

That is absolutely amazing how his gaping wound healed in two months. He is such a dynamic lion and has certainly proven he will survive. Nature in all its glory.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Very impressive. Presumably this applies to all the cats?….I’m trying to remember a blog from last year that showed a leopard (was it Nanga?) with a horrible wound, and that also healed beautifully.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This piece is a good reminder of the natural healing abilities of wildlife. I remember seeing the injury to the Tsalala lioness after her altercation with members of the Ntsevu pride as posted by you months ago. She also healed quickly. Perhaps it’s due to living standards- daily exercise, diet and inherent understanding of survival needs. At any rate, I’m just happy the Styx male is back to normal, although he looks a bit hungry.

As the saying goes … “as strong as a lion” which bears testament to their physical strength and endurance! Amazing to observe a live example of this though – thanks for sharing this positive outcome.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Crazy!! Stiff upper lip, and all!!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi James, the wounded male is actually the young Nkuhuma Male. The Styx Male looks a little more pristine, haha.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks Michael, I always mix them up!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

I can understand why so many of us “humans” are concerned when seeing the one of our favorite lions injured because we are aware what it would take for us to heal….not so the lion! Amazing.

Sam Lovett
Explorer

It is amazing that lions manage to just heal things like that

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

This beautiful young male is very special to us who are devoted to WildEarth. So so glad that he has healed well and is still with the young Styx male

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