Milo wakes up in a grumpy and possessive mood
August 28 2012

On the morning of the 23rd the pride were found by waterhole three happily munching on the remains of a previous zebra kill. But as the carcass dissapeared tempers flared as each lion tried to grab the last available morsels of meat.  Seemingly having woken up in one of his grumpy moods Milo chased Narnia off the carcass before settling down to guard his prized possession, later chasing Ashanti, even though she was only walking by and not attempting to feed.

Later in the morning another spat broke out between Phyre and Kenge over the zebra remains and interestingly dominant female Phyre was the one who submitted. This has now happened on a few occasions; with Kenge seemingly willing to challenge the most dominant female of the pride.

Ngamo pride

By the morning of the 24th the pride had moved off from the carcass and were found slowly ambling their way through Serengeti East towards waterhole one.  The pride seemed to be a particularly social mood with plenty of greeting and grooming taking place once they had settled down by the waterhole. An overzealous AT1 appeared to be having great fun bullying her younger pride mates, using her larger size and weight to her advantage in a particularly rough play session. AS4 and AS5 were having their own dispute by the edge of the waterhole, with Ashanti closely watching the sibling's spat to ensure it didn’t get out of hand.

By the afternoon the pride were passed out, seemingly exhausted from the morning’s activity and enjoying the shade provided by the nearby trees.

On the 25th the pride were on a walkabout moving from waterhole one through Amboseli and then down into the Kruger area, with the occasional roaring chorus taking place along the way and the cubs climbing every rock and termite mound that they came across.

AT1 & KE4

AT1 & KE4

By the afternoon only Nala, Narnia, KE3 and Milo remained in the area, with the other pride members clearly bedded down and out of sight of our researcher. As the cool night air began to set in Nala, Narnia and KE3 set off to look for the rest pf the pride whilst Milo made his way to waterhole three where he continued to sleep until darkness fell.

Nala

Nala

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