A Swift Take Down
May 4 2014

It was a sunny afternoon on the 27th of April when the research team went in to find the lions.  They found the pride in the Masai Mara area heading towards Serengeti West, however; there was no sign of Milo in the tall grass.  While trying to get in front of the pride to see if Milo was behind a large tree, the research team saw a small herd of five impala grazing, unaware of the oncoming predators.  The team wondered if the lions would catch their scent, seeing that the naïve impala were up wind.  The team carried on back to the pride and watched to see what would happen. 

Phyre

Phyre

The lions starting to move faster, toward the where the impala was grazing. It wasn’t long before the lions started to run.  Events then happened so fast it was a blur of moving tan fur that was both predator and prey.  In about five steps AT1 caught one of the female impalas that came shooting around a tree, and swiftly brought it down.  The others tried to catch their own, but Ashanti helped AT1 bring the impala down by clamping on the throat and then everyone was pitching in and started to devour their meal.  They all tried to grab what they could and run off with their prize; KE3 and KE4 fought over a piece.  The lions consumed their snack in less than 15 minutes whilst the research team sat in awe and watched nature unfold.  It was definitely a sight that would never be forgotten.  

Above KE3 & KE4 wrestle over a portion.  Below is Phyre.

KE3 & KE4

Phyre

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