Friday, 7 July 2017

The Cat Report: 30 June - 7 July

OLOOLOLO PRIDE

(Image credit: safariLIVE)

30 June
All of the lionesses and their cubs were found on the move again, with one of the cubs pausing in an attempt to take in the view from a Balanites tree.

3 July
The lionesses, after a failed zebra hunt, returned to the cubs in time to chase off a mischievous clan of hyena. Later, the pride is joined by an unidentified large adult male lion.

4 July
The pride has a series of unsuccessful hunts during the night.


THAMBA

(Screenshot: Lily Brown‏)

1 July
Just off Central Hyena road, WE found Thamba with a bulge to his belly, taking a morning nap in the grass. He was still sleepy on the Sunset Safari but was roused by a ground hornbill flying above him.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thamba.Male.Leopard


NKUHUMA PRIDE

(Screenshot: Ann Del Tredici‏)

1 July
Just west of Cheetah Cutline, WE followed the pride on a stroll through the thicket.

2 July
West of Mvubu road, a blanket of Nkuhuma lions spent most of the day lying in the yellow grass of winter. They looked lean and hungry but seemed to be waiting for nightfall to hunt.

3 July
Only one lioness was found with the cubs on Sunrise Safari. She had some blood on her leg and seemed to be rounding the cubs up to take back to a kill.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Nkuhuma.Lions/


TINGANA

(Screenshot: Thafi)

2 July
Last minute leopard Tingana lived up to his name with a brief glance of him at Buffelshoek dam in the last few seconds of Sunrise Safari.

3 July
Tingana almost had antelope for dessert when an unsuspecting nyala wandered dangerously close the the territorial leopard who was munching on a warthog kill.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Tingana.Male.Leopard


THANDI

(Screenshot: Luci)

3 July
Thandi was spied eyeing Tingana feasting on a warthog kill.

5 July
WE watched Thandi leopard-crawl down Main rd as she considered an impala for her next meal but then changed her mind when it came to making that final, fatal move.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thandi.Leopard/


MVULA

(Screenshot: Thafer)


3 July
The old king Mvula was WE’s third leopard of the day, surprising us with his presence north of Vuyatela Access road. The once dominant male of Djuma had his ‘lion king’ moment on top of a termite mound before quenching his thirst at a nearby pan.

4 July
WE found Mvula again in the same spot we had left him the night before -  close to the road and barely moving a muscle as he played the patience game in front of an occupied burrow.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Mvula.Leopard/


SHADOW AND CUB

(Screenshot: Ann Animal Lover)

4 July
Shadow allowed her cub no time for play this morning, urging her on with soft calls, possibly leading her back to a nearby kill or taking her to a place she thought to be safer.

7 July
Shadow and cub treated WE to a loving display of the strong bond between a mother leopard and her young cub.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Shadow.Female.Leopard/


EGYPTIAN GOOSE PRIDE

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3 July
The pride was mobile in the night, initially following one adult unidentified male lion, then meeting up with another lioness - to whom they gave a friendly greeting to before moving off again into the darkness.


THE PURUNGAT PRIDE  

(Image credit: safariLIVE)

4 July
The Purangats feasted off three wildebeest calves during the night, with a fight breaking out between one of the lionesses and an unidentified male lion.


THE NOTCH COALITION

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4 July
One of the Notch males is found roaring into the night,  scaring off a pride with cubs ( whom WE suspect was the Purungats.


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