At Safaritalk.net I ran a small caption competition for the image below. Safari’s can often be a lot of looking, a lot of disappointment and a few near misses. Some times if you are lucky you will see lots and sometimes nature offers comedy to observe. This was one such occasion.
The winning caption of my choice was - “Ignore him an’ he’ll go away”
it just made me chuckle and it was not far from the truth.
The story: In Nakuru, doing the safari tour – tourist style we had a great driver who spotted a mass of activity between Hyena and Buffalo, the buffalo were stirring, the hyena circling and he concluded that Lions were moving in for a kill. A dream moment for all Safari goers . Excited we rushed across the plains, well on the road with a little dust behind our matatta. Getting there everything became clear, 3 lions sat under the shade of a tree looking like they had gained some holiday weight. A herd of Buffalo surrounding and protecting a dead carcass. Hyena trying their chances for a nibble.
In strolls a lonely Zebra. Prancing around at first wondering what is going on with all the commotion. He looks to avoid it and starts to head straight for the lions under the shade. God they must have been camouflaged. In the vehicle we are all mouth agape, ignorant that a fed lion will just about blink, let alone chase down a stupid lonely Zebra. So hope rose for about 10 seconds, which is when he stopped, suddenly realising 15 feet away, he might be in trouble. You could see his expression, ow crap ! At the same time the lions actually looked away in acknowledgement of their post feast state. He skated around like a thing possessed, until he spotted his gap and sheepishly went for it, always hoping I guess but never looking back. The car was full of smiles and laughs, no one could believe that an animal in the wild could look so uncool.
Some of the Hyena shots that provided the build up:
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