Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Lioness Family Eats Dead Elephant

Lioness and her cubs tearing into an elephant's flesh at Tsavo National Park Kenya

A pride of lions a couple of days before this picture was taken, brought down an adolescent elephant in what must have been an epic and challenging hunt. After being successful and having their fill, the expert elephant hunters moved on to another area of the park, leaving a quarter of the elephant carcass for the rest of the sanctuary's wildlife to partake in a share of the feast.

Two Ngutuni lionesses were one of the many predators who took advantage of the dead elephant. With their cubs ranging from two months to one year of age, this young family wasted no time in having their fill every night over a period of three days. 

Having taken numerous photographs of the feeding, i particularly like this shot because of the teamwork and lessons that are being learnt by the young cubs as they attempt to tug away at the elastic and tough elephant hide, literally biting off more than they can chew.

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