Prepared by: Jinxy Sianga
After seeing the colleagues in Camp Linyanti, I was going to take the road straight to Savuti but something changed my mind and quickly decided to turn Rocksan’s wheels on the eastern riverine road and headed straight for Ren’s Pans.
As I drove under the big mopane woodland umbrella I saw a rather confused kudu and it was concentrating on the pans which were no more than fifty meters away from me. As I closed up slowly, I saw why the kudu was not acting normal; a lioness was feeding on a baby elephant with her cub.
It was the cub that saw me first and to my surprise it didn’t look scared or give a warning to the mother about the intruder. The mother kept on digging into the elephant and at last she looked up as if to say hello and then continued eating. I was so happy to see this mother and her young cub. I saw her eight months ago with a big male. This young cub’s father is a magnificent male, whom we were thinking of calling the Valley king because of his love for the Leo gauge which was named after him.
The Lioness continued to eat after a short gaze at Rocksan and I could notice that she recognized us. The young cub was darting around the mother and the elephant trying to find a space to get a part of its share of the meal but mom was still busy. The cub was restless; at times trying to disturb the mother was one of its tactics.
At times some of the plans of disruption meant getting onto mom’s back while she growled in displeasure but the young fellow didn’t want to give up. I watched the two and their morning games. In the end, we decided to let them alone and continued our journey south, to Savuti.
A few meters later we saw two Tawny Eagles. It’s was great to see these big raptors in the area again.
The journey south was great as I could stop and watch earth’s largest land animal; the African elephant as it moved by on a slowly , steady with muscles trembling under heavy joints. This was a right-handed bold lone bull just at the sandridge area before the Linyanti Vlei. Normally its confusing when one refers to an elephant as right handed but the truth is this giants can be right handed, left handed or both.
One has to take a good look at the tusks. The one that is shorter is the one that is used the most, so if this is a left one, then the beast is left handed. We were already in Camp Savuti. Linyanti was amazing.
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