Witnessing a kill – and then a robbery

It's not every day that one gets to witness a lion kill – but seeing what happened next was something truly special.

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We spent the morning teaching students from the University of Lincoln-Nebraska some tracking skills in the Mashatu Game Reserve, EcoTraining’s base in Botswana.

Suddenly, there was an explosion of dust behind a large mustard bush. As we came around the bush, there she was: a lioness with a little warthog in her mouth. She was trying to recover after the chase and just lay there, trying to catch her breath.

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But the lioness didn’t get to rest before starting her meal. Quick as a flash, a male came rushing in – and off she went, with him in hot pursuit.

She tired quickly, though, and he caught up with her; in another cloud of dust, they wrestled. His sheer size was the deciding factor, and she ultimately lost her prey.

It was incredible to be a witness to this spectacle!