Thursday, 16 February 2012

Masai Mara 2012, Lion Marching

This was our last safari on this trip. When we were asked by the guide what we wanted to see today, we all said that we wanted to see a rhino. In the previous safari, we had gone east and west of the Olkiombo Airstrip, and this morning Rafael drove us to the north. We saw a giraffe resting on the grasses near the airstrip with its long neck sticking out like a pole. Before, we always saw it standing up. 

After driving for about 5 km, we reached a large plain with many animals. We saw warthogs, topis, zebras and gazelles, wilder-beasts, a lonely hippo, and two hyenas. We drove for another 5 km, and saw several safari cars gathering. We went to take a look, and saw a group of 3 young lions were resting and playing by lying on the short grasses, and another one was lying alone farther away. They were being watched by the constant glaze of a lioness at a distant. The young lions looked dirty, and their fur was covered with black earth or dust.

I didn't know how the lioness passed the message to its kids, and suddenly they all stopped playing and resting, and stood up and walked to her. After some cuddling, they started marching. They passed the gazeful eyes of the zebras. When the lions were too close and paused, the zebras turned their back and got ready. They were back to their normal life as the lions marched pass them. The lions inspected another group of animals including Thompson gazelles and wildebeests as they stood still watching the lions. One nervous wilder-beast could not stand up to the test, and ran away. 

We continued to watch this march until they were out of the scope of our cameras and telescopes. It was really an interesting and eye catching event to watch.

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