The Happy Lion
For Ladies Only:
This huge lion (we'll just call him the Dirty Dog Lion because I think he's gloating) had just won the lioness from the former leader of the pride. The new leader of the pride, pictured here, convinced the fair lioness to mate for 24-48 hours every 20 minutes...yeah, that's the normal deal for mating lions. No food, little water, no hunting. No movie, no expensive dinner, not even a glass of champagne. IT literally lasts only about 10 seconds. I watched. I can stand on my head for 10 seconds, can't you?
Several litters of darling cubs will ensue. Continual help (and often competiton) from her "sister" lionesses who were after the Big Guy because being HIS is the top of the lioness heap. All the sister lionesses help, of course, in the care of the children so Mom can go get her mane done. Theoretically, the Big Guy is hers, and She is his, and no monkey business with the others. But it does go on in the deep of the night and, as they say, what goes on in the bush stays in the bush.
And he's gloating?? Have you seen the lioness's face while IT is going on? I did (and there's a picture in my Animal collection). Complete boredom. Let the Big Guy have his minute. 10 seconds. Whatever. But again I regress.
There I was on the bottom tier of the Jeep sitting next to the driver of our TOPLESS vehicle, and the 2 lovers finally get up from their 20 minute nap and stroll towards us. And stroll towards us. And keep strolling towards us. Until HE, the 600 pound male with teeth like icicles, is strolling towards ME. He rapidly came to eye level. Andy, the guide, whispered that I not change anything. Keep that big white honker of a lens that I had trained on the lion clicking away. Don't get that mastiff's attention. A lion's eyesight isn't that good in the daylight, theoretically. So I clicked. Until his face filled my lens. I must admit, I melted a bit but held my ground. I kept clicking. Honest, I think I have lion spit on that lens. Momentarily, he remembered he had a honey to romance, so he turned towards his lovey, the lioness, and I, while the Big Guy was diverted, quickly dropped the camera with the big honker lens and picked up the one with the wider angle lens, and barely dropped a click. I don't think the Big Guy noticed. He didn't eat me.
Then, what did they do after all that angst on our part (honest, there was this big strong CEO of something on the TOP tier of the Jeep that had to change his shorts)? While WE, me and Andy, practically had the Big Guy in our LAPS? The lioness (submissive because what's she gonna do?) dropped to the ground in the shade of the vehicle, the male hopped onto her willing back, he bit her neck and growled a bit (sorry to be graphic), a couple of oomphs (really) and it was over. The female looked bored (she probably faked it), the male looked tired and triumphant (check the picture).
We had been used. For the shade of our vehicle. Years of our life dropped off at their approach and they cared not one whit. We were used.
(Pssst - it was so fun...)
But there you see that happy male. The female had dropped back into the shade. She had to be ready for another go in 20 minutes. Ahhh, the life of the lioness.
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