an update on Elena (i think thats her name) and her limping cub.
We first sighted them on the 15th Nov. she had killed a springbok
and had it under a tree. we didn't notice the little one until some time later.
they were on the other side of the riverbed so a fair bit away.
But through the binoculars we could see the little one was in a bad way.
it was feeding which was a good sign. the mother then left the kill and
headed towards the road constantly calling and looking back. She would
move 30 meters then lye down then move a bit more. The cub tried to
follow but could only make it 10 or so meters.
A jackal had found the kill and was finishing it off and then noticed the cub.
they kind of stared at each other for a while and the cub went very low in
the grass. The mother moved back towards her cub but laid back down in
the grass still very far away. by this stage there was also a valuture and a
tawny eagle sitting in the tree near to were the cub was. One of the eagles
swooped down for a closer look at the cub.
Unfortunately it was getting dark and we were pushing our luck with getting back
in time and sadly had to leave a very emotional scene.
a couple days later (morning of 17th or 18th) we spotted the mother Elena again.
We were pretty sure it was her i have included some pictures to compare.
She was alone and was not calling. She was sent marking a tree.
it didn't look good. one small conciliation is that same day we saw another mother
with 2 cubs just a bit further down the road and a mother with 4 cubs!!! later that day.
will post those pictures once i have gone through them.
all cubs looked healthy and in good shape.
first 3 pictures are from the first sighting of Elena with cub
last 3 pictures are from the second sighting of elena ( i think) with no cubElena and cub 01
, on FlickrElena and cub 3
, on FlickrElena and cub 02
, on Flickr
Second sightingElena 02
, on FlickrElena 01
, on FlickrElena 03
, on Flickr