On the 4th of July, a giraffe which had perished from natural causes was found by one of our rangers close to our south-western boundary. The lion prides soon capitalized on the opportunity of a free meal, including the Charleston pride. Also in attendance was a male coalition known as the Sand River males (named by our neighbours, and hardly ever seen on MalaMala).
One of the males from the coalition, referred to in this post as The Sand River male, was scent marking close to the giraffe carcass. The larger of the two males from the Charleston pride was not impressed and decided to make his feelings known. And so ensued an epic battle. Luckily one of our guests, Jerry Kagele, had his camera at the ready and recorded this clip of the two cats fighting.
The male from the Charleston pride is much younger than the Sand River male and is therefore smaller, but he still managed to put up a good fight. The lion to the left of your screen is the male from the Charleston pride, while the other is obviously the Sand River male. The clip ends with the Charleston male lion running off into the bushes, and the Sand River male hot on his heels.
Shortly thereafter, the Sand River male returned to the carcass and fed for a short while before leaving the area. It was only then that the Charleston pride returned to their ‘spoils of war’.
Thank you for supplying us with this clip Jerry!