Ian Friend 10th of July 2010
It had been a quiet day at Mwamba bush camp all in all, but that was to change!
At about midnight a lone hyena had decided to chance his luck and see if any scraps had been left out. In front of the staff compound is an outside tap and an unwashed nsima pot lay for the taking, however unbeknownst to the feeding hyena a lion was fast approaching eyeing an opportunity to get one back against the old foe. With several heavy blows the lion struck the hyena, which then let out a number of ear piercing shrieks, alerting our chef Medi and scout Gideon who decided to investigate!
They crept out of the compound torches in hand to find a bloodied and mortally wounded hyena lying on its back thrashing around in throes of pain, and then Medi caught in the corner of his eye the huge Mwamba pride male beating a hasty retreat, much to his relief!
Needless to say they eventually decided to head back into the relative safety of the compound as the hyena had by now begun its lonely journey into the surrounding bush, limping heavily as it left.
The next morning showed the full extent of the attack with several patches of blood soiling the surrounding ground and with guests on the way it was all hands to the pumps to clear the scene!