A Family Affair
March 26 2014

AS5 & AS

AS5 sprawls over his mother, Ashanti

The 22nd of March was another lazy afternoon in the Etosha area with many yawns, paws over faces, and legs sprawled over other pride members.  While the research team was feeling sleepy themselves, an hour passed with the most activity being an ear flick or a tail swish at the annoying flies.  But nevertheless, Phyre jolted up, what seemed like from a possible bad dream.  But she started sniffing the air, the wind in her favor, and started down the road.  Shortly after, the rest followed, Milo nowhere to be seen.

The research team was curious to why the sudden movement began and to where and what.  They followed the lions further into the Etosha area, watching the lions pause and sniff the air every few steps.  AT1 suddenly ran off into the bush, vanishing like mist into the grass.  The research team looked back to see what the actions of the rest of the pride were and only Ashanti and her two kin, AS4 and AS5, were to be seen by the road.  Working like a synchronized team, they stalked, sat vigilantly, and evaluated the air.  The research team waited hesitantly and crossed their fingers for a take down. 

Above: Ashanti, Middle: AS5, Below: AS4

Ashanti

AS5

ASS4

To their dismay, but to their surprise, the focus shifted to something behind them.  Watching the tall grass being disturbed and thrashed about, there came the large male of the pride and father of AS4 and AS5, Milo.  Quickly, the research team jotted down a change in the group dynamic because Milo was not to be seen for a few days.  The lions that disappeared into the towering grass reappeared from nowhere to greet their long lost pride member. Whatever the interest was before soon became a reunion that afternoon.  Everyone contented, they continued their trek down to one of the water holes to quench their thirst and bask in the sunset. 

Milo

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