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Ten young lions: an extraordinary 24 hours at Qorokwe

Ten young lions: an extraordinary 24 hours at Qorokwe is by Dr. Christiaan Winterbach (see also his previous blog post), photos by Christiaan Winterbach and Johan Calitz (originally posted 23 June 2020 on the Wilderness Safaris blog): Qorokwe area of the Okavango Delta, Botswana 4 June: It is first light; it is cold and we are approaching Sunset Pan. Something is moving in the grass. It is a lion. Make that ten lions. It is the first time that we see this group of young lions since February. It is a very unusual group of lions. They all are between 2 and 3 years old. There are no adult lions with them. We move with them as the sun start rising. They still have blood and muck on them from their last kill. They are very playful and are blowing little white patches of mist in the cold. At a small pan they drink water and warm up in the early sun. They make a half-hearted attempt to chase some warthogs before settling down for the day. We return in the afternoon, hoping to stay with them and see a hunt. We got so much more than we bargained for. A bit after 17:00 they woke, play and groom a bit, before setting off in the direction of a big pan. One lion spots a lone buffalo bull and goes into hunting mode. We find a point on the opposite side overlooking the pan and out of the way. The...

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Published By: Nikonrumors - Sunday, 5 July

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