We were transfixed as 126 kg of muscle moved beneath the lioness’ tawny-golden coat as she exploded into action against the yellow-billed bandit. It was a hard-earned meal so I didn’t blame her, but I found it strange that the oldest female in the pride was being left doing all the hard work while the rest of the family were passed out under a shady palm. Perhaps it was simply her many years of experience and learning the consequences of an unguarded kill, or was she the only one still able to move after the others had utterly gorged themselves? The buffalo kill was attracting a lot of attention, especially from kites and vultures. I watched with amusement as the hooded vultures hopped ever closer along the ground in full view of the lioness… were they brave or just stupid? When they got too close, she ran at them but nothing could deter them from trying their luck over and over and over again. While the vultures took their chances on the ground, a yellow-billed kite attempted to sneak a bite from the sky. The following series of pictures shows what happens when you dare to compete against Africa’s largest carnivore! These photos were taken on a game drive from Wilderness Safaris’ Seba Camp in the Okavango Delta.
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