With so many successful kills last month and energy levels at a maximum in the cooling weather, the smaller Ngamo pride members are beginning to demonstrate their developing killer instincts.
On the 2nd May, after perhaps studying her mother, Ashanti, and other pride members' hunting techniques, the smallest of the cubs, AS4, showed us what she’s got. Whilst preying upon her half-sister KE4 our research team decided to take some important notes from AS4’s hunting demonstration.
1. It’s all about opportunity when hunting. No matter how hot or cold the day, open or dense the habitat, or large or small the herd, never pass up the chance of a hunt if it presents itself - especially if the prey (KE4) is blissfully unware of the potential threat!
2. Stay low to the ground. Use your golden coat to blend into the dry season grass and the sandy game trails around you. Flatten your ears and keep your shoulders tense. (ps. hope your brother doesn't give the game away by sitting in plain site)
3. Patience. Wait for your prey to come to you or position themselves somewhere most ideal for you. The less you move the less likely you are to be seen.
4. Coordinate your movements. When ready to chase first you must judge the distance you have to cover. Be stealthy and try to keep as quiet as possible!
5. And if you get caught out, just go for the neck or head in a good old fashioned rugby tackle. Brute force never went amiss!