Thursday, April 14, 2011

I ain't Lion

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had two opportunities to be around caged lions. In Africa, they don't have quite the same requirements as you may in the states, so you can get up and close to these huge creatures and appreciate, safely, just how magnificent these creatures are. While at Chaminuka, I was able to listen and then observe maybe two feet away two lions fighting which was loud and scary, even though I was behind a fence. I was videotaping the lion because I thought it was crazy how loud the bone of whatever he was eating was, and then the fighting occurred. Crazy...

And then yesterday we went to Protea as a family and the lion handler let us get up and close to these lions and threw four chickens into the cage for the four lions to eat. It was comical watching them try and spit out the feathers. The father lion was very protective of his chicken and while I was taking a picture of him, attacked the fence where I was up close and needless to say, humbled me scared (awkward English intended) pretty good. So, I thought I would try and give you some pictures and video to share some of the adventure. I thought the picture of the Julia looking at the lion gave some amazing perspective at how close we were to the lions. You could hear them breath and growl. Every time I see them, I am just awestruck at these incredible animals.


Bill and Louise Gilfillan said...

Humbled me scared says it very well.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Whoa, that IS close!

Love all the family pics (this post and below) - glad you guys got some special family time :D