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Stumpy the lion – Linyanti’s defending champion!

Stumpy, a territorial male lion in the area around Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana, was caught on camera having a mighty fight with a contending coalition of lions.

Whilst on a game drive watching buffalo, the guides heard the three new lions calling close to Saile. They immediately abandoned the buffalo sighting and took off in the direction of the lions! What they didn’t know was that Stumpy was already there, squaring off against the new lions.

Stumpy the lion, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana Stumpy the lion and rival lion, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana

After a few minutes of tracking the calls the guides found Stumpy facing off against one of the three new lions.

Stumpy the lion facing off against rival lion, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana Stumpy the lion attacking rival lion, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana

Two of the brothers watched from a short distance while Stumpy attacked the third brother in an act of defence of his territory.

Stumpy the lion chomping rival lion, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana Game drive guests, Stumpy the lion, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana

As the lions were fighting, the buffaloes came past and started to aggravate them. However, the lions, completely focused on one another, didn’t even notice the buffaloes.

buffalo and lions, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana

According to Paul, Head Guide at Linyanti, the three young males (having admitted defeat) disappeared and came back for one day. They then went into the marshes and the guides suspect that they may have crossed the border into Namibia.

Stumpy the lion attacking rival lion, Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana


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