Written by: FJ Mammes
While on our morning game drive at Outlook Safaris we spotted a big herd of Cape buffalo. As we sat there enjoying the magnificent view of the herd right in front of our vehicle, we suddenly noticed another animal in the vicinity. A lone lioness had started stalking the buffalo just as they finished crossing the road.
The lioness then suddenly started to give chase.
After her first attempt had failed, she stood next to our vehicle staring longingly at the herd of buffalo, which in turn had stopped running and were staring back at the lioness. She seemed to take this as a challenge and started to charge again. But this big herd was too much for the lioness to handle on her own, so she ceased in her efforts.
And she disappeared into the thickets while still keeping an eye on the herd.
It is a commonly held belief that lions usually hunt in prides, but hunting is instinctive for them so they will, on occasion, hunt alone. This particular event seems like it was just a rare occurrence, but perhaps we had borne witness to only part of a major hunting operation. Lions ambush their prey by herding them to where the rest of the pride lies in wait, ready for the kill.
However, during the sighting no one on the game drive saw any other lions, which begs the question – was this lioness bravely hunting alone or was she playing her part in a bigger plan? Now there’s some food for thought… what do you think?