Yesterday morning (which was mid afternoon in Africa), there were 3 lions at Tembe just as I was leaving for work.. I only saw 2, but knew there was a third behind a clump of something, because I could see the tail move every once in awhile. The two lionesses that I could see both had collars.
Jump forward to the evening (early morning today in Africa) when I was about ready to head for bed, there were 3 lions – 2 lionesses with collars and a beautiful big male. I am assuming that the twitching tail from the morning belonged to this male or to a 3rd lioness and that these were the same lions and that they must have spent the night there.
In between the lion sightings I was at work on a very busy day at the Y. I hadn’t known that there was no school in the area today, so was not expecting all the families dropping by looking for something to do. Many of them were there thinking that they could go swimming at any time, but our regular programs were on and recreational swim time is limited during the day when the demand for swim time does not normally exist. The gymnasium also had regular programming on and was not available for drop-ins during much of the day. This was actually just a preview of upcoming spring break – since again, we will have people dropping in to use something that is not available. At that time we will not have all the regular programming on, but we will have 100 kids in day camp taking up the gym, the youth activity center and the pool at times. There is a program schedule and it is online or people can phone to find open times (and many do), but many more will just take a chance and either come by or worse yet, drop the kids off at the door and drive away.
Well, back to Africam, Tembe and the lions because when I logged in this morning, the lazy cats were still lounging around for us there. 🙂
The male lion looking at us from behind some bushes.
One of the lionesses in plain view – but when zoomie backed up a bit, you could hardly see her.
Two of the lionesses (actually, there is a 3rd one here this morning as well, and she is in the picture, but its hard enough to see the 2).
It is -23C for our walk along the Red River this morning – but it doesn’t look like there is a wind, so it should be too bad. Chester has his own fur coat and I will bundle up as usual.