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Mhangene’s saving grace

Posted on May 9, 2018

Life can be tough in the bush, even at the best of times.  For the subadult lions of the Mhangene pride life seems to be hanging by a thread.

The Mhangene pride was once a highly successful pride and their numbers stood strong at sixteen. The pride consisted of 4 adult females, 3 female cubs and 9 male cubs. The adult females were ferocious hunters and were highly skilled at taking down buffalo.

Image by - Johan de la Rey 01Image by - Johan de la Rey 02With a weekly supply of fresh buffalo, the young cubs always had round bellies and have since grown into sub-adult lions.

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There was word of some large male lions making their way towards the western sector of the Sabi Sands. Soon afterwards the adult females made their way towards those males to mate with them and they simply haven’t returned since.

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The sub-adults were left to fend for themselves for the last 2 months. They were all inexperienced and had not been taught how to hunt correctly. This lead to their detriment. Two sub-adult females have since perished and the young males find themselves in a very vulnerable position. They had become extremely skinny and their lives are hanging on by a thread.

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Last week something miraculous happened. The young males managed to find some energy and somehow killed a buffalo on their own. This event was with out a doubt their saving grace and has provided them with enough food to last a little longer.

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Written by: Cal Butler

One thought on “Mhangene’s saving grace

  1. I hope their good luck turns to a consistent way of like for them. Hope the females that left them are surviving in their new area.

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