The Miracle Lioness

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  1. Luminosity

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    Continuing on Vood's gorgeous 'animals-adopting-other -animals' story....

    Has anyone seen the BBC documentary ( i think it was originally a BBC doco ...I actually saw it on 60 Minutes tho ) .....about the lone lioness who adopted a baby oryx ( antelope) ?
    She protected and took care of it for weeks before a male lion took it. The lion had been stalking them for a few days and when Kamuniak ( the lioness ) turned her back to drink , the lion saw his chance to grab the oryx. Up until that point , she was slowly starving as she refused to leave the oryx to go hunt for food.The oryx was starving as well as he wasnt weaned & had only fed off his mother once after his 'kidnapping'.
    They filmed everything , got it all on camera and it was heartbreaking to watch. When the male lion mauled & ate the oryx , Kamuniak could only watch from a distance , unable to save her 'baby'.
    She went into mouning for a while , then went on to adopt more baby oryx'....
    I feel so sad for her....
    I LOVE this lioness!

    http://www.magicalkenya.com/default.nsf/0/A4FBEE7046ED7CAD43256C4F002BE2E4?opendocument&l=1

    I originally posted this in the ridgeback and fawn thread but I didnt wanna hijack Voods thread so I created another for this lol...... :sillysmi:
     
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    Have you actually seen the pics concerning this story?
    The reason I ask is because I vaguely remember reading about this a while back and recollect that there was a suggestion it was a stunt by an animal reserve for publicity.
     
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    Lol well it DOES sound unbelievable but it did in fact happen ....she adopted a total of 5 oryx' ....over a period of a couple of years ( not sure how long exactly ).
    Sadly , after the last adopted oryx was taken from her by rangers (actually I think the last one might've been a baby impala ) , she disappeared :(.
    Park rangers havent seen her for about 9 months.She may have moved out of that particular park and/or been accepted into a pride or , worst case scenario , she might have died .
    I saw the BBC documentary on ' 60 Minutes' about 6 week ago ...
    BBC heard about this lioness and sent a film crew to the park , which is Samburu National Park in Central Kenya.
    I think there is a pic in the link I posted above but heres some other pics .....


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    Thanks for the update, much appreciated.
    Quite a poignant story but I can't help but wonder if the lioness was experimenting with a packed lunch?
     
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    Very interesting story. I wonder if she had lost her cubs and was still feeling "maternaly" (sp?) and therefor adopted these?

    Or the packed lunch....... ;^D
     
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    :p mrsid .....lol.

    She was only a young lioness , airgunr , a 'teenager' ....so the 'maternal ' behaviour probably doesnt stem from losing cubs. Fair call tho....
    As she is a lone lioness it might prove difficult for her to raise her own cubs because she doesnt have the protection of a pride. So she and any cubs will be vulnerable to attack from male lions and other predators roaming around.
     

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