An Act of Pride Rock
May 22 2014

On the 10th of May the lions seemed to be very restless in the afternoon session.  With winter starting to set in, the cooler weather has been in the lions’ favor, and they have been more active the past couple of days.   The pride was resting in between the Camp and Etosha area when a movement was started by Phyre, heading down Route 66.  They suddenly took a quick turn into the Serengeti East area on their way to get a drink at one of the waterholes.  The research team drove into the bush wondering where these lions were taking them.  Then all of a sudden, the lions started to run! 

AS4 runs in front of the pride

AS4 runs in front of the pride

The research team was taken by surprise and hoped that there was a kill nearby.  The research team followed them until the lions diverted into a ravine in the Serengeti East area, where the team was forced to drive back onto the road, hoping they did not lose the lions.  When they found the road again they were in for a sight.  It looked like a scene from The Lion King.  AS4, AS5, and KE3 were perched on a couple of rocks looking over the savanna grasslands in the sunset.  They stood there majestically for some time scanning the area, which made the research team wonder what they were so vigilant on. 

AS5 stands over KE3

AS5 & KE3

The pride stood in that area for 15 minutes until a spurt of energy overcame them and they ran and jumped on each other, even on Milo!  The pride was very energetic that afternoon and continued playing for some time.  The research team and the pride were very entertained for that research session.  In about 20 minutes the whole pride collapsed in a sea of grass and slept the rest of the time.  Whatever inspired the sudden energy throughout the pride, no one knows.

AS4

AS4

 

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