While out in the bush both clients and rangers often get to witness some incredible sightings. Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park with its rolling hills, amazing scenery and wildlife truly makes for some tremendous wildlife sightings.
This sighting however is quite a oldie however it shows the ability of the Lion's to ambush their prey while in the bush. A typical African Lion can weigh up to 190 kg, male Lions are larger than female Lion's and roam a area of up to 250 square kilometres. A Lion can run up to 80 km/h however fast only short distances are achievable.
This particular day the ranger stopped briefly at a watering hole where one could witness some Zebra enjoying a quick drink. Unknown to the clients and Zebra the ranger had spotted some movement in the bushes in the far top right hand corner. One can just barely see a colour variation in the bush.
In the above picture one can see the outline of the Lion, this while the Zebra and fowl, oblivious to what is about to transpire. During the summer months when water becomes scarce this scenario becomes more evident than ever, when predators merely lounge around the remaining water source's within the reserve.
This female Lion waited until she could no longer and decided to try her luck alone.
It is customary for a predator to try his or her luck with a younger and weaker prey in this case the Lioness first tried to capture the adult Zebra.
The Zebra and fowl where in this case fortunate not to become a meal as both fled unscathed.
A missed opportunity for a Lioness
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