Getting write into it, excuse the pun, our story this week centres around long lost friends, but before I get started you'll have to bare with me while I rewind you through the events that led to this particular moment in time. To bring you into the picture it takes place after some interesting developments in our ever fluctuating lion dynamic. Firstly, we had followed the White Lions over a couple of days as they steadily headed South and into an area that we do not traverse. Along the way we found them one morning finishing off a zebra foal that they had just caught. What made this more interesting than usual was to watch the pecking order that seems to have developed. You would expect the older bigger male cubs to dominate their younger cousins but it appears the roles are reversed and it is the little ladies that get the lions share, well after mom that is. Having said that, the white cubs do dare to cheekily challenge mom, hence the cut around the eye that you may notice in the pics.
As mysteriously as they appeared they disappeared and the following day we couldn't find any sign of them. Later that morning a call came in that a Male Lion was found around the area that we left them the previous day. We rushed off to visit our re-found friends but on our arrival we were in for another surprise, there sat a older male lion, who at first we thought was the Machaton Male but when another male appeared from the nearby bushes it became clear that we where looking at two of the Mahlatini Males. In contrast to the Sohobeles they look the worse for wear since last seeing them also a couple of months ago. We tend to see their brother more often, who now seems to be spend his time with the three females from the Timbavati Pride. (Oops, forgot their pics, will add at a later stage, don't want to push my luck to far.)
Presently the White Lions have returned to Motswari property and are all in good health and look as if they fed well during their sabbatical, it could explain why they have not moved much in the past couple days and when they have, it hasn't been far.