The kill

By ColleenA
Morning from a wet and windy Cape Town...
Thank you for all your votes, comments and concern for Scar face yesterday. Also a big thank you to Harriet and Ju for their UA's. Him and his 2 sisters are close to my heart as I watched them grow up from tiny cubs over the last 3 years. I will look for their cub pics and upload them next week.
This is one of his sisters, the other sister is with the mother as they both have cubs to raise. We came across her in a clearing as the sun was coming up with a dead giraffe. As no one saw the kill we cannot say for sure if she killed him or if he died naturally. They are known to chase Giraffe and sometimes the giraffe falls and then its easier for them.
Lions always eat the face/cheeks of an animal first. then the soft meat below the tail. They also disembowel the animal so that the stomach and intestines do not rot the meat. Now I feel ill just writing this. The following 2 game drives we went back to look and the giraffe was starting to smell and the vultures were circling and sitting in trees...that's another upload.
When we got there the first day she ran into the bush, see V2 and it took us awhile to find her. We left for 10 minutes and came back and she was resting in the clearing, you can see the dried blood on her cheeks...AND A VERY FULL TUMMY
Happy viewing....this is nature at its bestGrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
14 Jun 2013 6:53AM
Wish I'd read the warning before I looked.....Grin Only kidding, that is nature, red in tooth and claw.

A great set Colleen, gory but that is life and death.


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14 Jun 2013 6:56AM
true to nature Colleen well documented

Graham Grin Grin Grin
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
14 Jun 2013 7:06AM
Good morning Colleen !! WINDY here - I suppose the rain is on its way from you Smile This is an excellent set and my favourite is V5 - the eye contact and posture is great. Love their fat tummies too Smile
14 Jun 2013 7:08AM
Nature can be cruel but the lions have to eat. Beautiful shots all of them.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 7:11AM
What fascinating images Colleen - curiosity got the better of me and I just had to look!! You have some superb images from your trip. Totally outstanding! Smile

gwynn56 6 87 England
14 Jun 2013 7:34AM
nice set of images SmileSmile
14 Jun 2013 7:37AM
An excellent set of images of 'Nature in the Raw', Colleen!

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 7:41AM
A super series of images Colleen, natures way!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 7:42AM
These animals do need food.
They not got closed to hide behind..#
Unlike us humans....

Great images..
Well taken..

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Jun 2013 8:04AM
A fine documentary set, Kate, and all part of nature, every animal has the right to feed. Carol
jdinne 15 16 England
14 Jun 2013 8:21AM
Excellent informative set Collen, like the eye contact in V5

14 Jun 2013 8:26AM
V5 my favourite Colleen, super images,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 8:54AM
great reportive images ..
but I do feel rather faint!
...and yes I am a meat eater so I am being a wimp
An interesting set.
For me I think V3 is the best but that is just my choice.

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 8:58AM
Superb capture's and it is nature even though it can be cruel.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
14 Jun 2013 8:59AM
For me V1 takes some beating!! Great set of documentary images!!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
14 Jun 2013 9:24AM
That's a fair sized meal! Harsh reality, Colleen, and very well documented.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 9:34AM
Superb set of images Colleen, exceptionally well observed and captured,, nature in the raw so to speak

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 9:34AM
Gory graphics indeed, while nature may well be cruel it constantly recycles and unlike man, animals only kill to survive............... V3 is my preference, it's softness is a stark contrast.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 11:21AM
Excellent photo journalism Colleen - unless you're a vegetarian none of us can say to much
about killing animals. It is sad thought to look at the beautiful giraffe lying there so undignified
when he once ran free himself.
V1 is a lovely image with the sun glinting on the lion's face.
14 Jun 2013 11:24AM
Good heavens Colleen! Terrible but beautiful indeed! Our cat eats only catfood,and it looks much easier! ---- Thanks for your beautiful words,they mean very much to me. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin---- Jukka.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
14 Jun 2013 12:16PM
Great documentary, V1 is my favourite.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
14 Jun 2013 12:19PM
Oh dear, I did view all the images (as I usually do) before reading the write-up...and yes, I am eating my lunch at the same time! Sad A bit gory yes, but a good set of how life is there, Colleen Smile
Trev Smile
14 Jun 2013 12:25PM
Love them all but 5 reminds me of a shot I took in Uganda, those eyes. Si.
Super set of images Colleen !! I love her fat tummy..that will keep her going for a while..

what a journey you are on, just amazing !!

Lynette GrinGrinGrin
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 12:35PM
Stunning set of images Colleen - beautifully documenting the cycle of life for these wild animals. V1 is oustanding - beautiful light and composition. What a wonderful experience.
S_Psharma 5 1 India
14 Jun 2013 12:58PM
Out standing images each is better than the other.
14 Jun 2013 2:34PM
Great shots Colleen and great write up as per normal. Cathy
myrab 12 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 3:56PM
These are great images Colleen, love the story you tell, but not keen on the blood and gore,
I know this is survival.

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
14 Jun 2013 4:10PM
Wow Colleen , great stuff here Smile Mother nature at her rawest Smile

9 10 10 England
14 Jun 2013 4:30PM
Fantastic images and a great story.
14 Jun 2013 4:49PM
Wonderful safari game drive images & good narrative of wildlife behaviour
Regards Brian
14 Jun 2013 5:14PM
Great nature images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 5:33PM
Nature in the raw, impossible not to look.Smile

14 Jun 2013 5:39PM
Wonderful images Colleen, as you say, nature at its best
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 5:47PM
A super set and love V1 especially
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 6:04PM
I never realized they killed Giraffe, i always thought they went for impala etc. As for the killing and eating its just part of nature and the food chain. These are cracking pictures it must be great to see these animals in the wild and not in Zoo's
14 Jun 2013 6:23PM
First off, I was really scared when I read the title, let alone look at the images.....hahaha
Oh no, now I feel sick......sorry, Colleen......
no, really, really sick...........
and doesn't he look as pleased as punch......?????

Have a lovely day
Kind regards
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
14 Jun 2013 6:55PM
Sorry Angela, imagine how I felt seeing it in real life. These lion grew up on giraffe meat, I have pics of her and her brother and sister on a giraffe carcass 3 years ago.
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 7:24PM
Great set Colleen
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
14 Jun 2013 7:53PM
So great captures from the real Wildlife

14 Jun 2013 8:19PM
Cracking image , love the light well captured Colleen
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 9:20PM
They certainly look contented in V5 and 6 the bellies look full, great set of images Colleen .
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 10:05PM
Great shots , that's nature for you, we all have to eat to survive,

15 Jun 2013 4:41AM
Nice images Colleen law of the land well taken.
Allen, Smile
6 3 8 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 8:00PM
A wonderful set of images showing nature at its best!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
You are so lucky to be in such a wonderful place. I went to South Africa in 2000 and went on a safari. I didn't have a decent camera back then and I only hope one day I will returnSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Jun 2013 11:54PM
Nature red in tooth and claw Colleen, I remember watching some wildlife programmes on tv a few years ago where it showed lions hunting elephants, rhinos and hippos in the dark when food was scarce and times hard

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