Cape Buffalo and Lions
The formidable looking Cape Buffalo. It's closely
related to the domesticated Asian Water Buffalo;
less so to American Bison.
This Cape Buffalo is drinking while I take its
picture from Kenya's famous Treetops Lodge.
I saw herds of Cape Buffalo, and these giants
did not strike me as likely targets for predators.
The lions proved otherwise. The lion dining
which follows may not be to everyone's taste.
Here's the evidence; a Cape Buffalo which lions
took down at the Masai Mara Game Park in
Kenya. It's a fresh kill, but that's only temporary.
A Lioness, easy to identify because she lacks a
mane. The females do nearly all the hunting,
usually as part of a group. A Lion family is
called a Pride. But Lion custom requires the
females to let the males eat first, even if the
guys took no part in the kill. Pure sexism.
The male Lion is bigger and stronger than the
Lioness. Spared the rigors of the hunt, he can
often concentrate on sleeping and eating, but
must also protect the pride. Time for catfood.
(This will be messy, and you have been warned.)
The pride's dominant male Lion goes after the
most tasty parts of a Cape Buffalo. He's now
removing and will then consume the stomach.
Two males are chewing at the stomach. We
saw the pair of females who had made this kill
waiting for the males to finish before they
could begin eating whatever was left behind.