It's true that some must die for others to live on the Serengeti Plain. One day we came across a lioness eating her fresh kill – a young wildebeest. It was in the distance, so we had to use our binoculars and the telephoto lens on the cameras. It was gross to watch. At first I looked away, but moments later I was looking through the binoculars again. It was fascinating. I couldn't look, but I couldn't NOT look! I kept reminding myself that it was the natural order of the animal kingdom. Mother Nature can really be brutal sometimes!
Thankfully, the wildebeest was already dead when we arrived. The lioness (Let's just call her Gertrude) was tearing into its stomach. She ate quickly. She knew the laughing hyenas had already spotted her.
As Gertrude continued to eat – and watch – the hyenas continued to pester her. They would have to wear her down. Also, they knew help was coming.
Gertrude also realized the situation. She could hear and see the others coming now. She continued to eat quickly, hungrily, but had to keep raising her head from inside the wildebeest to keep an eye on the hyenas. This was not a peaceful meal!
She must think of a strategy. She decided to compromise. She let the hyenas join in the feast at the other end of the wildebeest.
More hyenas arrived. Gertrude snarled at them, but she knew she was severely outnumbered now. They wanted her wildebeest. They wanted ALL of it. It was too risky to stay and fight. She was alone. There were too many of them coming.
All the noise of the laughing hyenas had alerted others to the fresh kill. Jackals and vultures moved in on the hyenas. They too were hungry. Fighting broke out among the hyenas, and between the hyenas and the other animals.
We could hear the loud snarls, growls and barks. Some animals backed off after a vicious bite, but would cautiously make their way back to the wildebeest, trying not to be noticed. It was risky, but they too must eat to live…..
until it becomes their turn to be food for others on the Serengeti.
WOW! It’s so interesting about the hyenas’ trick of getting food. It’s kind of like my brother. He whines so loud and weird and annoying! I give him whatever he wanted to make him stop. Just like that, the hyenas make a laughing noise, which I imagine is freaking, annoying the lioness. Her first attempt, scare them off. Not working, stay for a while. Too annoyed, give them the rest, you have plenty more! 🙂
I like the photos you posted on the lion.
I really like how you got nice pictures!
That's really sad that they have to kill the animals for food but that's what you have to do to survive. Great pictures.
Wow. That was so cool but grose at the same time Wich animal did you see the most of ?
The largest number we saw was the wildebeest – hundreds of them!
I can't see why life has to be so impation. But everyone has to die and live. I can't believe that you saw (well had a glimpse of it ).
Did you see a Rhino.
Sadly, I didn’t see any rhinos. Have you ever seen one? There aren’t many left in Africa.
I wonder how that lion caught that wildebeest!?
Well, hte lioness was smart to give up her prey to the hyenas, because if she didn't give up her piece of meat, she would've not only've gotten attacked by the hyenas. Jackals and vultures would've probably've finished her off, if not the hyenas. So in the long term, she made the wiser decision. Never underestimate the intelligence of the big cats!
Wow this is nasty I have never seen so many animals eating together like that!
Wow! Mrs.Cristie-Blick! That is so facinsting! It is trully an amazing thing to go out to Africa and see all those amazing animals, in their real habitats, and not a fake habitat in the zoo! I also think that its an amazing fact to see how the lions hunt in the wild, and hgow they eat their meal instead of being givin meat in the wild. I also think that it is so cool that you get to live in Africa for a certain amount of time. i hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in Africa!
when are you coming back
I’ll be returning to New York in July 2012.
That story was really amazing, I learned a lot from it.
Were there alot of lions there.
We drove many miles during the 8 days we were out in the countryside. During that time we saw about a dozen lions.