Both Mana and Nandi on their seperate afternoon walks both had a close encounter today. For Mana, she was coming down to a pool to drink when she heard rustling in the reeds on the opposite bank. She immediately sprang into action and dashed into the reeds. She reemerged with a one metre long monitor lizard in her mouth. This is the first time she has encountered such an animal and its thrashing to escape clearly took her by surprise. She jumped back giving the lizard the chance to race into the water and into safety. Just 5 minutes later whilst still looking for her lost prey Mana came across a freshwater crab. She quickly learnt the dangers of such creatures after it latched its strong pincers on to her nose.
On the other side of the Park Nandi came across two ostrich. She went for the chase, leapt, and at that point realised what she was doing and seemed to have a mid-air anxiety attack. The result being a crumpled heap on the floor eating the dust of the now racing ostrich.
Its all great experience for these young lions; only through practice will theit natural hunting instincts be perfected.
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