Lion Cubs Feast on Dead Elephant in the Kruger


Jan 27 2016
 
 
 
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Posted by Latest Sightings - Kruger on Saturday, 30 January 2016
 
Spotting lion cubs in the wild is always a treat for me! I love their cheeky and playful attitude, along with their determination. This video clip was filmed in the Kruger National Park by Discover Kruger on the S41, approximately 800 metres south of the S90, at 06h30 (always a great time to see the Park alive with activity), and reveals this determination. Discover Kruger is a preferred Latest Sightings operator, and to experience similar sightings such as this, game drives can be booked online at  Discover Kruger
 
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Jean Graham, owner and guide at Discover Kruger says, “At this scene there was a lioness and three cubs of roughly 4 months old. Sadly due to a broken leg the elephant had been mercifully put to rest a couple of days prior. And the lions being opportunistic don’t mind eating meat a couple of days old. Normally their eating structure is such that the adult male lions eat first, then followed by the females and cubs, but at this point a couple of the males were sleeping behind in the bush.” At already a few weeks old lion cubs will begin to eat meat, but only start learning hunting skills from about 4 months of age.   
 
A common misconception is that male lions are lazy and useless hunters thereby relying completely on the female lions for their food. But this is untrue, and cubs of both sexes learn to hunt. In fact males may only spend a few years in a given pride after which they are evicted or go in search of a suitable mate. Sometimes they form coalitions with other males but either way at this time they need to rely on their hunting skills, or alternatively starve. 
 
Jean says, 'Discover Kruger offers either half-day (about 6 hours ) or full-day (about 10 hours) drives which start from the Crocodile Bridge gate and most often cover the game rich plains of the south east section of Kruger. All the Big 5 plus cheetah and wild dog can be seen the area. The Kruger is also home to over 500 species of birds in the summer months when the migrant birds are around so there is plenty for birding enthusiasts to enjoy.
 
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Discover Kruger is an owner run company which gives personalised attention to their guests.  Jean has over 10 years experience with guiding, and the company has been operating for 6 and a half years. Latest Sightings is also a member of SATSA (South) a member-driven credibility association that strives to set the highest standards in the Tourism Industry. Using a SATSA member provides peace of mind for those who seek to do business with credible tourism partners.

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