BIRMINGHAM BOYS COALITION
We were able to spend time with three of the four Birmingham Boys this week. Two of the Boys and nearly the entire Nkuhuma Pride were getting some quality family time this Sunday afternoon. Tinyo was a bit separate from the group, however, lingering next to a young kudu that looked as if it had already been heavily fed upon. The rest of the sleepy pride and Nhena were lying next to a pan. As happens on hot days, a herd of elephants were also attracted to the pan. Even though there’s safety in numbers, the pride decided not to push their luck and left the pan to the much larger pachyderms. The lions’ smell was still in the air and the elephants decided that they too would rather avoid an unnecessary interaction with Africa’s top predator, proof that animals species will generally avoid interactions with each other whenever possible.
On the other side of Djuma, Nsuku was playing the scavenger. Tingana, who had been seen briefly earlier in the week in a weakened state, had hoisted an impala. When we arrived on the scene Nsuku was beneath the hoisted kill and Tinganga was barely visible in the tipy-top of a nearby tree. Nsuku looked as though he might try to climb the rain soaked tree to get at the half-eaten carcass, but instead chose to simply gaze longingly at it from below. His frustration became palpable as he let out an impressive series of calls; whether he was warning Tingana, calling out to his brothers or was irritated with the rain, one couldn’t really say.