Na­ture’s clean-up ser­vice

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My hus­band Nico and I re­cently vis­ited the Kruger Park. We were en­joy­ing a lovely day of sight­see­ing along the “golden mile” be­tween Skukuza and Lower Sa­bie when we ran into a traf­fic jam. As we ap­proached, we saw some­thing big in the mid­dle of the road block­ing the traf­fic – it was a mov­ing mound of vul­tures, feast­ing on a kill. Luck­ily there were only a few cars around and we man­aged to po­si­tion our­selves in front with a clear view of the ac­tion. There must have been 20 – 30 vul­tures of all kinds fly­ing in. It was chaos. They climbed on top of each other, screeched and fought each other off, all try­ing to get at the im­pala. It was de­voured at a tremen­dous pace. I found it odd that there were no preda­tors around the kill. We asked some of the other peo­ple and dis­cov­ered that a speed­ing mo­torist had knocked the im­pala down and killed it. The vul­tures had ar­rived at the scene first and were wast­ing no time eat­ing their fill. Af­ter we’d had been watch­ing for about 15 min­utes, the vul­tures flew off in a big cloud. I looked to my right and saw why: A lion had smelled the kill and had come to in­ves­ti­gate. Un­for­tu­nately for him, there wasn’t much left. The speed limit in the park is 40 km/h. Please stick to it! NICOLE VAN BLERK, Cape Town

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