Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
83Trip End Dec 14, 2010
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The word in the afternoon changed to the reserve manager heading out and maybe moving it to a safe place in the elephant boma where it could recover - I was up for it! I really wanted to ID this lion. 30min later, further news. The inuries were so bad that they had to put it down there and then. And it was an adult male...
We're out on drive (trying to find red hartebeest in H90) and we get more word
We made our way up to visit the guys putting the carcass out... it barely even resembled a lion, a sad way to see him for the last time. I asked what happened in terms of his injuries. Apparently it was obvious he had been fighting 2 other males (so likely Xinpoko and his friend in a territorial battle) but the wounds were such that you could apparently see where one was holding him down and the other scratching and biting him. (harsh...) Somehow he must've gotten away within an inch of his life. Sadly, his wounds were so bad that maggots had even made their way down to the bone - something that really says it's bad. The poor guy.
As with everything here, nothing will be wasted - hair samples wil be used for research, blood will go off for testing, etc, etc.
I hope Kalahari will be remembered for the awesome and amazing lion he was - and dad to Spud none the less!
It seems we have a new king of the jungle in here, we just need to work out who they are!