White lion, tick!

go! - - Upfront Letters -

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Kruger Park at least once a year for most of my life. I’ve had many spe­cial sight­ings: African civet, a leop­ard with two cubs, even an Egyp­tian vul­ture… But one an­i­mal kept elud­ing me: the white lion of the Shis­hangaan pride in the Sin­gita con­ces­sion, east of Satara rest camp. Un­til Oc­to­ber last year, that is! Ours was the only ve­hi­cle next to the S100 when the white lion and his brother crossed the road. Later we learnt that an­other lion had tried to drive the white lion and his brother out of the pride a week be­fore our visit. The broth­ers had many vis­i­ble in­juries. We saw the lion a few times there­after, back with his pride again. It looked like the wounds on his back were heal­ing well. CEEJEE PRE­TO­RIUS, Grob­lers­dal

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