By Andrew. August 2013
A couple of weeks ago, on August 6th, I was on a morning drive with my guests.
We witnessed what first seemed to be a reunion, but turned out to be a brutal fight, involving our two resident prides: the Mwamba-Kaingo and the Mwamba-Kapanda lions. This large pride split in two a couple of years ago, so originally they are related. And they are controlled by the same brotherhood of two male lions.
Apparently the Mwamba-Kapanda had moved into the Mwamba-Kaingo territory and killed a buffalo. The Mwamba-Kaingo came in and chased the Mwamba-Kapanda away, but two cubs were left behind – they were the cubs seen in the previous weeks, and seen again the night before on what must have been their first meat dinner.
The strongest female of the Mwamba-Kaingo started circling one of the cubs, and finally killed it, and proceeded to kill the second cub in the same manner. After much licking and sniffing, that lioness and another female ate the little cubs.
This was very strange behaviour, and certainly a first, albeit terribly sad, sighting for me and my colleagues.
The pictures below come from video clips