10 March 2012

Kenya: Nairobi Park Diary - Chasing the Bride

It was early one fine morning as I approached the area near No6 junction. From a distance, I could see there was something interesting ahead as a number of cars were parked as people watched something.

Then as I got closer, two magnificent male lions were seen walking down the road after a lioness. The lioness was definitely not about to let herself appear common and make herself available to the first male that gets near her. She walked very fast at times even breaking into a trot. She covered quite a distance in a short time and eventually turned onto the Mbuni loop, all the while being hotly pursued by the hopeful males.

It appeared that either of the two males might gain her acceptance to get "married" . Suddenly, another two males appeared, as if from nowhere. Clearly this lioness was no ordinary commoner as this queen now had four kings all after her. Then action accelerated as the lions began to chase each other while the lioness stood nearby with a bemused look. The chase was fast and furious and I saw them disappear into the valley. Leaving them , I wondered who the eventual victor would be and if in a few months there would be cubs with the strong gene of the victor. As God has created nature it is the survival for the fittest. Be on the lookout next time you visit the park .

The park is open daily from 6am to 7pm.

For more information on the park you can link to the following websites www.kws.org or www.nairobigreenline.com or on facebook - Nairobi National Park.

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