Cubs feeding at the sable carcass with the two lionesses

Lionesses’ Hunting Prowess

Two mornings after the waterbuck encounter between the lioness and crocodile, we returned to Chobe National Park and found that the two lionesses had successfully hunted during the night. They and their cubs were feeding by the river on a sable antelope. Lions have a hunting success rate of about 25% according to discoverwildlife.com. This pair of lionesses clearly demonstrated their prowess as hunters during this 2007 safari. Their hunting skills filled the bellies of their cubs on those two days. On this morning, they ate their fill and then relaxed on the banks of the river and in the shade. In the afternoon, we returned to the same site and found the lions still resting near the kill. It was then that I saw a behavior I hadn’t ever seen before. More on that in the next blog.

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