Once again thank you so much for your votes and comments on yesterdays lion....he is my favourite male lion and hope to find him again in March on our return to the lodge.
I would also like to thank Kathrynlouise for your UA, much appreciated coming from a big cat lover as herself.
Today No 4 of the BIG 5....the mighty buffalo. He was busy staring down another buffalo at the water hole. You can see muddy water falling from his mouth. They always look so placid but believe me they are mean. They are also very smelly and are always covered in flies.
There a very few lions that will hunt them single handedly as they are very heavy to take down as well as being fighters often kicking back at Lions and hurting them badly. we lost a male lion last year that had been gored in the lung by a buffalo. An average buffalo stands 4-6 feet tall and weigh in at around 700kg (1500 pounds) Their herds can total up to 1000 at a time. i have see 300 together, quite a sight.
Ox peckers love hanging out with buffalo as there is a steady supply of ticks for them to eat.
Have a nice day