…Is giving birth…RIGHT NOW!
…Is giving birth…RIGHT NOW!
So another quick #safarilive update and it is a really happy one…There has been an explosion of baby animals, mainly in the predator area.
We’ll start with the Queen of Djuma herself, Karula.
Introducing to you Princess Charlotte (pic with her mum) and Prince George. Karula is probably one of the best mothers that there are out there. She has successfully raised all her litters, except for one and that was not her fault. The death of that particular cub brought in a new rule that no more than three cars can be in at one sighting of baby animals. If they are really new, there are to be NO cars what-so-ever.
The next to talk about the Nkuhuma lions! They’ve recently had three, roughly a month or two old, but the even cuter find was yesterday on the sunrise drive! Look at the gif below!
However the most exciting news is about the Styx Pride…Now we haven’t seen the Styx pride on the Safari Live drives. We have seen videos and pictures of the new little bundles. The Styx pride has probably been hit the hardest of all the prides in the area. They lost all of their cubs born last year, including a sub-adult female. Two lionesses…So it’s so good to hear that not only have the Styx have had cubs…They haven’t had just one or two…They have had…8…8 CUBS! 8 cubs how wonderful is that!
How lucky is this person! I want their job!
I thought that I’d start the Monday morning with something actually cheerful…Well I think it is anyways, I hope that you will too.
As my long time readers probably know I watch a little Ustream live feed called “Safari Live”…I have been watching it for probably about twoish years now and I watch whenever I can.
Take a quick read of one of my past posts (Live Safari Update: Sept 21 2015). I can now say that the “BBoys” are the now well established coalition that watches over the Styx and Nkuhuma prides. Just for a quick run down, the BBoys took over the Matimba males just at the end of last year. Five to Two, even with the experience of the Matimba males, they were just too outnumbered. A lot of death and mayhem.
One of the things the regualrly followers have said about the Bboys is that they had better give us some cute cubs! … Now it looks like it’s happened for both the Styx and the Nkuhuma prides! Yes, us regular viewers can be quiet the fickle bunch, but the wild is harsh. Any sign of new life is celebrated.
The below video is of the new Nkuhuma lion cubs:
This other video is of the Styx lion cubs:
Aren’t they just precious?!
A few weeks ago I posted about #safarilive’s Queen of Djuma Karula!
Well over the weekend, after much rumor of her having lost the cub, then finding out she had twins and they were doing well. We finally got a quick glimpse of them over the weekend!
They are so tiny! We only got a quick glimpse of them as they run away into thicker bush when Queen Mama Karula came to scoop them up. Our guide, Brent could hear them playing about, but could not go in any further.
We cannot tell at the moment if, other than we know they are twins, if we two princes, princesses or one of both.
Karula is an awesome Mama, she is about 11-12 years old and until 2015 New Year she had no lost a single cub! For those who don’t follow the #safarilive team, Karula has a cub about a year ago and it was all very exciting. Unfortunately about 10 others safari cars wanted to see the little cub as well. With so much noise with all the cars and the people (who SHOULD have been silent, mainly children screaming … What the hell parents?!) the little cub was naturally curious, came out and was killed by Hyena.
It was devastating, you could tell Karula was in shock herself, she had never lost a cub before! Any-ways because of the situation there were strict rules placed upon the car and the guides. There are not allowed to be more than three cars at any sighting. With the birth of these new precious cubs and the disaster that happened last year, NO ONE is allowed near Karula or the cubs for at least the next two weeks and I think that is fantastic!
I hope that you all had a great New Year and however you celebrated it I hope that it was fun, it was exactly what you wanted, it was safe and that you don’t have too much of a sore head.
Bringing in the New Year I thought that I would share with you a few photos of the new life at Wild Earth Safari – Ustream (which we all know how obsessed I am with that live stream!)
My favourites ❤
As you many of you probably know I am pretty obsessed with UStream TV channel of “Wildearth – Safari (Ustream)” I watch it as often as I can. At the moment it seems in the Djuma Game Reserve and Arathusa Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin are just bursting with baby animals!
Now there have been a lot of Impala and Wilderbeest and all sorts of herbivore babies being born, but as you can probably guess, there has also been a lot of hunting and eating by the predators. So below are photos of just the first few cutie being born. No baby lions/cubs … Yet!
Some of my favourite baby animals from the safari drive
Probably my favourite animal on the drive…Mr Wrinkly Bottom!
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As many of my readers know I watch a Ustream live feed called “Wild Earth Safari”. I talk a lot about the baby animals, Lions … As the guides say “The Big 5” as in the five most popular animal that people like to watch and see on Safari.
I feel kind of bad about it as well, because there are just so many beautiful animals. Including a beautiful beast called the “Kudu”.
A Kudu Bull: Picture by: http://all.worth1000.com/artists/pietopper
After Lions, Elephants and Hyena I just adore these animals are just gorgeous and they are so beautiful. They are just so magical and mythical like.
The horns on a Kudu bulls head can reach all the way up too 120cm (47 in), if they were to be straightened. A Kudu bull can also reach a weight of 190kg – 270 kg (420 – 600 lb). They are quiet large animals. The other interesting thing to note is that a Kudu cow will leave a newborn baby in hidden vegetation for the first 4-5 weeks, coming back and forth. This is a little unusual with Herbivores.