Over the past few weeks we have noticed that the Mwamba Kaingo pride have been one male down. The dominant male of the pride has been seen less and less and he has been behaving strangely. The last time he was seen with the whole pride was at a kill on lion plain where he fed and left without any interaction with other pride members.
He has now made Mwamba bush camp his home. With fresh water and a constant supply of food it seems a good place to spend the last of your days.
From looking at this magnificent male it is easy to see that all is not well. He has, what looks like a very sore skin condition and possibly and underlying aliment that is causing him to lose weight very quickly. This said, since he has made mwamba his home he has managed to take down a female buffalo right in front of our hide but unfortunately was unable to eat as the fight took too much out of him.
A few days later he still had not moved from the Mwamba hide and was looking weaker and weaker by the day until Wednesday when we got a call on the radio from Vickson saying there is a commotion coming from the hide. After a very quick drive we arrived at the hide to find the Mwamba male hanging from the muzzle of another female buffalo whilst the rest of the herd watched on. What followed can only be described as an epic battle between two gladiators fighting to the death.
The battle took place in the same way you would see two heavy weight boxers fighting for the world title. After three minute bouts both titans would stand and stare at each other waiting for the other to make the first move. After each interval you could see both fighters getting weaker and weaker and by round seven both were finished. It was at that point where the herd came to the rescue and a male buffalo, much like a referee came and put an end to the fight.
With the buffalo gone the battered warrior managed to drag himself under a bush, where we all though he would surely depart this world.
However like any true king he was not done just yet. The following morning not far from Mwamba he had taken down an impala and was seen feeding on it with very little sign of the previous days encounter.
To me this just shows the strength and power of the magnificent beasts and their instinct to survive and live against all odds.
So maybe, just maybe this king of the jungle in not ready to give up his thrown, at least not for now.