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This kind of scene has appeared numerous times in BBC and NatGeo films, but this time I had the chance to experience it in person in Masai Mara, Africa.

This pride has been our focus for the last two days. This family is carrying a total of five cubs (maybe more but I have seen only five). Our guide told us that although they haven’t had a kill in a few days, they should soon. As a result, we chose to stick with this group rather than attempt the river crossing. The chance arose on the third day of our vacation in the late afternoon when a herd of wildebeest was passing through the meadow. We observed two female lions from that pride lurking in the grass and keeping a low profile.

It is now necessary to park our safari vehicle properly and wait patiently for the appropriate opportunity. Not to mention that this is when your drivers’ and guides’ previous experience will be most useful. Lions wait patiently for their prey to approach when hunting, remaining concealed in the grass and making only minor movements. Throughout this time, they are incredibly forbearing. Throughout this hunt, these two lions worked together. They made a very calculated attack on the final herd of wildebeest who were crossing. If one misses the Wildebeest, the other will undoubtedly drag him down. They employ a distinct hunting approach from any other animal.

Here is the sequence of images from that incident. 

African Lion on a Wildebeest kill in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, Africa.
Before the Hunt
African Lion on a Wildebeest kill in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, Africa.
Before the Hunt
African Lion on a Wildebeest kill in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, Africa by Arindam Bhattacharya
On a Wildebeest kill.
African Lion on a Wildebeest kill in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, Africa by Arindam Bhattacharya
On the Wildebeest Kill
African Lion on a Wildebeest kill in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, Africa by Arindam Bhattacharya wildlife
Successful Hunt.

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