Speed and stealth

16 October 2011

As we enjoyed another leisurely drive along the riverbank yesterday afternoon, we were surprised to see a young giraffe walking around by his own. Strolling towards the open river bank, with the tree line a good 50 metres behind it, the animal was unaware of what was going to happen next.

As it kept facing the river, four lionesses came shooting out of the tree line. At a speed that was next to unbelievable, the lions jumped literally on top of the young giraffe. Two at the back and two biting the young animal in the neck – it was over within the blink of an eye.

Cruel but yet so fascinating. What a scene to observe.

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