During the last two weeks we had quite a few emotional sightings with the big cats. First The Etali male got killed by buffalo and then we witnessed how a cub from the Etali female died after being attacked by dominant coalition from the North East. The big male of the coalition got hold of the youngster and really did damage internally, he had one puncture wound on his side and was ruffed up pretty good. Afterwards he scuffled to his mother’s safety and she tried to fend of the big male and she kept him away from her and the cub , but the damage has been done. He died a few hours later. The reason the the big males attacked them is because they are not the fathers, yes it is cruel but that is nature and how the best genes gets forwarded.
So the question being asked is , Is it ok to be emotional about it. I think there will be quite a few takes on this. Yes it is nature and in its rawest form you can get. You do get know the lions quite well but you should never let your emotions get in the way of what is busy unfolding in front of you. There aren’t anything wrong with feeling sorry for the poor animal and feeling sad, but what ever happens must happen. You do get questions like:
- Can you drive the vehicle between them ?
- Can you phone a vet ?
- Can’t we help him ?
All these questions are normal and it is our human instinct of helping and caring that kicks in. Seeing lions getting hurt or die are very emotional. It is nature’s way of making space for other genes or stronger genes.
Well it was a very emotional sighting but we were also very privileged to have been part of it. would like to hear your thoughts on this ?