After the initial excitement over cooling weather, the temperature duly crept up again; which has given rise to plenty of lazy days in the Dambwa site. This morning it looked like we might be in for a bit of luck when we found the pride heading west along the Acacia boundary.
This is the first time we’d found them on the move during a session for a while rather than slumbering in one patch of shade or another. But the luck was short lived when a few minutes later they all settled back down. The activity continued for a while though with Temi getting rather social with Rusha and Kela, greeting each repeatedly before cuddling up to Kela.
If sleep was what Temi had in mind, it wasn’t to be as 10 minutes later Kela bolted up right and jumped to her feet. Gazing intently into Bwizu it was clear she had picked up on something but the grass was completely obscuring our view.
As Temi and Zulu also tried to pick up on what had so interested Kela she bolted down the road in a crouching run all the while keep her gaze firmly fixed to her left. We were only able to follow her progress for 30 metres before the grass swallowed her up. Copying Zulu and Temi, we strained to hear any sounds that might indicate a hunt; or better yet a successful hunt (something we’ve not been able to witness much of over the last few months on account of the grass). But several minutes after she disappeared from view a shimmy in the grass told us she was returning and sure enough she came plodding back down the road and re-joined the group.
Heat and sleep soon took over, with the only other point of interest from the day coming from hard as nails Leya. This normally rough, tough and no-nonsense lioness isn’t usually one for showing her softer side but as she came to sit with Loma later in the morning she left out a series of rather pathetic and mournful vocalisations before sitting next to her sister.