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The next couple of photos where all taken during one siting. A group of lions, three adult females and seven young lions set after a giraffe calf.

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The next couple of photos where all taken during one siting. A group of lions, three adult females and seven young lions set after a giraffe calf.

This was an amazing siting, even if we had experienced the brutality of nature. It was clear from the first moment, as we stumbled across this event in nature that the young one would not survive. This struggle would continue for more than two hours. This pack of lions had killed and devoured a buffalo the previous day and thus was not in immediate need for food. Yet the group decided to go for the young giraffe anyway. It was clear from the adult lions behaviour, staying in the back ground, that this was an opportunity for the younger lions to hon their hunting skills.

The mother of the young giraffe valiantly tried to protect the young one. The lions certainly had a healthy respect for the kicking ability of the giraffe and every time she turned around the lions scattered.

The lions clearly keeping a safe distance, however never losing their aura of control.

She tried to show the calf by example how to get away, unfortunately the calf’s speed was no match for the lions. It was amazing to see how this young giraffe picked up on her mother actions and started to kick with its front legs to chase the lions away.

One would have thought that lion instinctively knew how to hunt and kill. Even the king of nature still has to learn how to become an effective hunter. Countless times the young lions chased after the calf, tackling it to the ground without executing the lethal blow. Only after the older lion females decided that is was time to finish this and getting involved demonstrating how should be done, the calf was finally killed. There were a few times we thought, this must surely be it, that the calf got up again to our disbelief.

Eventually, after two hours of struggle, one of the older female lions went for the kill, ending the agony of the calf.

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dmitrysamsonov
 
dmitrysamsonov December 22, 2016
great catch!
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Karl-Heinz December 22, 2016
Thank you
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josephbologna February 12, 2017
The narrative was just as much a part of this image as the image conveyed.Thank you for taking the time to create and share it.Awesome image,awesome narrative!
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Karl-Heinz February 12, 2017
Thank you Joseph
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CarpeDeeM March 07, 2017
Your description of the events that followed this shot were harrowing. Mother Nature can be so cruel. :( Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations. Such a rare sight & perfectly captured.
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Karl-Heinz March 07, 2017
Thank you
Merbert
 
Merbert March 07, 2017
What an incredible photo and story!
Must have been very special to witness this drama of nature.
Well done and thanks for sharing.
Super Foto.
Norbert
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Karl-Heinz March 07, 2017
Thank you Norbert
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debhall March 25, 2017
Amazing opportunity to see and capture something like this in the wild! Thank you for sharing!
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Karl-Heinz March 28, 2017
Thank you Deb
Chris78
 
Chris78 April 17, 2017
To watch and capture nature at its best and sharing that for us to see amazing. Beautiful shot thank you.
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Karl-Heinz April 18, 2017
Thank you Chris
garycoppin
 
garycoppin April 18, 2017
WOW ..... WOW.....AMAZING
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Karl-Heinz April 18, 2017
Thank you Gary
lianeadele
 
lianeadele July 22, 2017
Looks like maybe they broke it's neck? Hard to look at the image but it is nature and I love your narrative, very well written!
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Karl-Heinz July 24, 2017
Thank you Liane
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deneceslade October 02, 2017
That's sad, awful!! Its a great shot though. Good Job!!
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CURUTCHET September 30, 2020
tremendous photo and action
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Karl-Heinz September 30, 2020
Thank you