A Lioness Defends Her Kill At Seba

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What a sight as 126 kg of lithe feline muscle exploded into action against her yellow-billed harasser…

A Lioness Defends Her Kill at Seba

While the rest of her family was sleeping in the shade of a palm this lioness, the oldest female in her pride, was defending a hard-earned meal.

A Lioness Defends Her Kill at Seba

Was it her many years of experience and learning the consequences of an unguarded kill, or was she the only one still able to move after the others had completely stuffed themselves on the buffalo kill. Certainly, the carcass was attracting a lot of attention, especially from scavenging raptors.

A Lioness Defends Her Kill at Seba

I watched amusemed as the hooded vultures hopped closer and closer along the ground in full view of the lioness… were they brave or really stupid? When they got too close, she ran at them but nothing could deter them from trying their luck over and over and over again. While the vultures took their chances on the ground, a yellow-billed kite attempted to sneak a bite from the sky.

The pictures show what happens when you dare to compete against Africa’s largest carnivore! These photos were taken on a game drive from Seba Camp in the Okavango Delta.

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By Rachel Lang

Rachel Lang is Bush-bound Girl – a freelance writer, blogger and environmental educator based in Kwa-zulu Natal, South Africa. Born into a family of wildlife lovers, she spent her childhood immersed in nature and developed a love for wild places that has continued to grow for 28 years. Rachel is travelling with us for three months in Botswana, getting to the heart of the people, camps and wildlife that make up the extraordinary safari experiences we offer across southern Africa. Join the conversation on our social media platforms at #90DaysInTheBush or find her on www.bushboundgirl.com.

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