The one that got away
QZIES VAN ZYL from Vanderbijlpark writes: My wife Tina and I recently visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for the first time. Near the Kij-Kij waterhole, we saw a lioness stalking wildebeest. A jackal approached, unaware of the lion. The lion noticed the jackal right away, charged and tried to catch it, but didn’t succeed. Is this common behaviour?
AWildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: Lions view all other predators, big or small, as competition and some individuals have less tolerance for competitors than others. I don’t think the behaviour of this lioness had anything to do with food. There could have been cubs nearby, which might explain her level of aggression.