My heart is broken. I cannot comprehend what has happened to this wonderful and special pride. I loved and admired the Tsalala female so much. She, with her daughter, exhibited all the best traits of any animal – human or otherwise. They were a source of inspiration. For the Tsalala female to be taken from us, and, more importantly, from her young daughter who depends on her for survival, is so cruel. I’m devastated – truly, truly devastated. My thoughts are with her wonderful, courageous daughter. Journey well, my darlings!
Following on from last week’s intense period of lion viewing, where we left the four Ndhzenga Males resting at a large waterhole, they lay down the challenge for the Northern Avoca Males by calling continuously. Launching an attack that night no one was around to witness what went down, but we hear reports of a number of males from both coalitions with injuries.
It was only a few days later that we were able to find two of the Ndhzenga Males and get a sense of just how severe the injuries were. A few days after that, we found one of the Northern Avoca Males, the one with the previously injured front left leg, who had a number of superficial gashes on his back but appeared to be in reasonable condition with no serious injuries.
The Ndhzenga Males then head further south and have been lurking there while the Northern Avoca Males had been spending time further north, we still are yet to see all the lions and know exactly how the other Northern Avoca Male and two Ndhzenga Males are doing but hear they are all alright.
In case we thought the lion drama was over, for the time being, we hear the tragic news that a lioness that appears to be the Tsalala Female has been found dead in the Sand River to the west of our western neighbours. The two Plains Camp Males were found nearby and are believed to be the ones responsible. We find the younger Tsalala Lioness in front of the Londolozi Camps, in what would otherwise be a stunning sighting, is saddened by the harsh reality that she has most likely just lost her mother and the future, all of a sudden has become a lot more challenging from what wasn’t an easy ride already.
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It is so sad.