Following a spell of cool grey days and rain over Ngamo the warmer temperatures have returned this week, and they seem to have taken the lions by surprise. After a busy period of hunting, and somewhat over-eating, the pride has been conserving their energy by spending the last few days resting together in large shady areas.
On the 20th they had chosen to rest not far from Waterhole 2 and our research team arrived in the morning to find the females and AT1 watchful of zebra that were moving slowly through the area as they grazed.
AT1 watches zebra
However watching was all the girls had the energy for and they soon returned to their morning naps as the herd moved on. By the afternoon as the air began to cool the regular ritual of greetings and head-rubbings began and one lioness in particular made the most of it. Narnia, who has been increasingly approaching Milo, sprang up and greeted the male in a very flirtatious manner. Briefly Milo accepted her affections but he soon moved away to rest with the remainder of the pride.
Narnia & Milo
The next day Narnia was just as playful and as the whole pride took a morning stroll through Etosha she again made advances towards Milo, dancing around him sinuously and flicking her tail in a display of typical flirty behaviour. This time Milo seemed a little more receptive to her demonstration and he stood, accepting of her gesture, even if he did seem a little confused by the feline’s over-friendliness.
On the 22nd the pride had taken rest again in Serengeti East, and,,as they lazed together peacefully, a daring mongoose popped up from inside the anthill that Milo was resting on and stood watching the pride male sleep in the morning sun. But when the mighty Milo shook his magnificent mane mid-nap the not-so-brave mongoose quickly darted back into its dwellings leaving Milo none the wiser of his mysterious onlooker.