AT1 leads the hunt
September 19 2012

On the morning of the 14th all the pride, except Milo and the N’s, were still gnawing on the remains of the previous day's zebra kill. With little meat remaining it was interesting to see spats breaking out between the usually tolerant females. In one altercation dominant female Phyre became aggressive to AT1 when she showed too much interest in the bone she was enjoying.  Snarling and growling at the eldest cub she then launched herself at AT1.  Seemingly, not too intimidated by Phyre’s aggression, the plucky young lioness fought back and stood her ground for a few moments.  She soon seemed to realise that it may be a better strategy to just surrender to the most dominant and aggressive female in the pride, and she politely rolled on her back in a sign of submission.

AT1 approaches Phyre

AT1 & Phyre

On the 15th most of the pride were playing hide and seek, with our research team who were only able to locate Nala, Narnia, AT1 and Milo in the Etosha area of the site. With strong winds blowing through Ngamo it is likely the others had bedded down in dense thickets to try and keep warm.

The pride was found resting in Amboseli on the 16th, once again huddled up in pairs from the wind. However as the evening drew in the cold weather gave the pride the perfect opportunity to try and catch dinner for the evening. All females were vigilant to impala and zebra approximately 60 metres away but it was AT1 who lead the hunt with Kenge providing back up. As they stalked forward AT1 flanked and steered the zebra towards Kenge and both gave chase, driving the zebra the others females who were lying in wait.  But the zebra disappeared into a cloud of dust leaving both the lions and the research team somewhat bewildered as to how they had evaded capture.

KE3 jumps on Nala

KE3 & Nala

The weather continued to deteriorate on the 17th with a few raindrops falling in the site, much to the delight of a very active Ngamo pride. As the wind blustered through the trees the cubs, AT1, Ashanti, Narnia and Kwali bounded through the site, up trees and onto anthills in an extremely playful mood, providing much laughter to our research team.

Exhausted from their morning’s antics the pride settled down in Amboseli to sleep away the remainder of day until the cool weather set in once again and they headed off into the night.

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