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Scavenging is an open door to food and many a predator make use scavenging for their next meal, these include such scavengers such as lion, leopard, hyena, jackal etc. Vultures circling, over a dead animal, advertises a free meal, lions spot this activity and investigate.

   

Depending on the numbers, lions can and will take on one or two hyenas, if a large number of hyenas are present, the lions will move away and wait to see if the hyenas move away.

   

 

 

 

 If a male lion is present the hyenas will move away, although not giving up on pestering the lions.

 

This following scene happened in the Kruger National Park, over a period of a few days, two bull elephants fought and one eventually died from his wounds.
   

The hyenas fed throughout the nights until early mornings.

After the hyenas moved away the two sickly and hurt female lions moved in to feed on the rotting carcass.

Sick and injured lions have no alternative but to scavenge for food as they become unable to kill or partake in hunting.

Lions will scavenge most things to stay alive even the most rotten meat.

  

As can be seen from these photos, they also gorge themselves on the fat that is found inside the elephant foot, when all the meat was finished they started eating parts of the skin.

They might look fairly well fed but this is due to them gorging themselves for a few days and it does nothing to hide the fact that they too have succumbed to the dreaded TB found in the lower areas of the Kruger National Park.

 Needless to say they also carry the scars of much fighting, may it be from other lions and/or hyenas.

The loss of hair is also a sign of disease.


No cure is available for Bovine TB and no one knows what the ultimate fate of these magnificent animals will be.

Ironic that in Africa it is the diseased lions that walk free, bring in tourism, create jobs and many healthy lions that pays the ultimate price and are hunted.

Other scavengers included hyena, jackal, leopard etc.

Female nomad life is harsh, and the females rarely manage to raise their cubs to maturity.

Life has been very though for some and scars and wounds are all part of daily life....

  

 


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