Favours or Fiesty
October 31 2014

As the day began on the 21st of October just 8 members of the Ngamo pride were located, resting in Amboseli.  Milo often spends time away from the females of the pride, as males regularly do, but today he was joined by two of his offspring.  He, together with AS4 and AS5, were found resting in the area of the site known as Camp. 

By midday the pride remained split into two groups and after the research team had recorded data on Phyre and the females they set off to collect relevant data for Milo and the 'A' sub-adults.  When the team returned the trio were still resting in Camp in a cool shady spot, but shortly after their arrival AS5 rose from his slumber and casually strolled over to Milo to greet him with a head-rub.  He casually continued on his stroll when, all of a sudden, he burst into action and went running through the grass, his blonde mane barely visible in the distance.  On seeing AS5’s haste AS4 rose immediately and she too began to chase.  The research team were completely baffled as to what was causing the commotion but within minutes all became clear.  As AS4 made her way towards the waterhole she paused, turned her head, and revealed a hare clenched between her jaws. 

AS4 with a hare

The siblings took rest at the waterhole and AS4 began to tuck into her reward.  Unfortunately though, all AS5 could do was look on as his sister enjoyed his find.  The young male, significantly larger than AS4, barely had time to move before he was met with a low growl as he made an attempt to approach her. 

AS4 & AS5

Whether this is a sign that AS5 has not yet developed any dominant behaviour, that his sibling is allowed special privileges, or whether AS4 is simply just feistier, only time will tell. 

 

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