Wednesday, 13 November 2013
King of all the wild beasts of Africa, with the possible exception of the Zumba menfolk, one of whom bagged this fellow (fig. 2) while I flogged his brother for dropping my sandwich near some rhinoceros dung.
Large and heavily muscled, a single lion is capable of bringing down a herd of elephants inside twenty minutes. Taking advantage of the herd’s trunk-to-tail formation, its powerful hind legs propel it from the ground into the mouth of the lead elephant.
Eating its way from throat to rectum, it then leaps into the mouth of the next elephant, and so on down the chain. I have yet to discover another animal that feeds in this fashion, making it one of the most remarkable sights in Nature.