Right time, right place
August 22 2013

On the morning of the 20th of August Kwali and Phyre were spotted moving through the thickets in Amboseli. Milo was resting close by, as Kwali - followed by Phyre – edged towards something that had caught her attention in the the distance. The pair settled in the shade of a tree to watch, and wait…

Kwali

Up ahead, an unsuspecting herd of impala and zebra was grazing. Kwali advanced toward the herd when her nieces, KE3, KE4, along with AT1, made an appearance from the long grass. The sub-adults made their way to Phyre when Kwali became the pride object of their attention. As Kwali stalked straight towards the impala, Phyre sensed the hunt was on and began her approach. As the herd moved into the open space AT1 took up a flank alongside Phyre. Soon the rest of the pride emerged from the golden grass eerily in unison, and joined the stalk taking their positions slowly in the cover of the trees.

Soon, the stillness of the morning was shattered by the thundering of hooves as the zebra bolted for Masai Mara with Kwali hot on their heels. The impala instead raced further into Amboseli. Kwali eventually had to give up against the zebra and headed back to Amboseli to help in the efforts against the impala. As their warning snorts filled the air, she began the chase once again sending them scattering into Masai Mara. With both Kwali and AT1 in pursuit they were once again beaten by their prey’s speed and agility.

The duo headed back to Amboseli and almost immediately caught sight of a lone impala, left behind in the panic. Kwali flanked left whilst AT1 flanked right. Kwali was relentless in her pursuit and chased the impala straight towards the rest of the pride, who had taken ambush positions in a thicket. Quite surprisingly, it was Milo who was first on his feet and after a short sprint engulfed the impala in his enormous grasp. True to form, Milo offered no morsel to anyone and took off with his well-earned breakfast to enjoy it alone in the dappled shade of an acacia tree.

Milo steals the show

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