Spur of the moment
November 9 2014

The past week or so in Ngamo has been dominated by, well, dominance. 

Kwali

Kwali sitting up

During the afternoon of the 1st, as the pride were resting beside waterhole 1, Ashanti rose to relocate to a cooler more shady area.  On seeing Ashanti stroll towards her Kwali stood and attempted to greet her.   Social interactions within the pride are generally always well received by each of the lions but on this occasion Kwali’s actions were not reciprocated and Ashanti turned on Kwali, so fervently that the lower ranking female dropped her head and walked backwards in submission from her snarling pride mate.

By late afternoon the pride had made their way to The Valley where Milo was to be found guarding the remains of yesterday’s meal. 

Milo

As the females and AS5 sniffed around for scraps Ashanti quickly found herself an attractive looking piece of bone and she eagerly sat down to eat.  As usual, when scraps are all that are available, there is usually another lion lurking nearby waiting for a chance to move in and today it was AS4 that was waiting for her opportunity.  Unfortunately for AS4 even the slightest movement doesn’t go unnoticed and as she crept forwards toward her mother, Ashanti swung her body around and reprimanded her daughter.  Among the snarls and hissing AS4 rolled onto her side in a classic sign of submission and then repositioned herself in a safer, less confronting position as Ashanti returned to her scraps.

On the morning of the 6th the lions were located in Amboseli and as they began to move off along the boundary AT1 and KE3 happened upon a pair of Natal Spurfowl; ground nesting birds that also forage for food on the ground.    Immediately the pair pounced and as AT1 ran protectively to a nearby bush with a bird between her jaws, KE3 remained on the boundary shaking her head as she pulled at the feathers. 

AT1

AT1

Siblings AS4 and AS5 had little option but to watch the young females enjoy their discovery but KE4 had other intentions.  Without hesitation she approached AT1 and took the bird from under her nose!  It happened so quickly that both AT1 and the research team barely had time to blink and, after a moment of readjustment to her situation, she left KE4 and the bird and wandered off to catch up with the rest of the pride. 

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