Lions are tough

For the last few weeks Reserve Management have received reports of an injury to the rear leg of one of the large male lions.

These reports vary from the animal improving to the leg is broken.
For the last few weeks Reserve Management have received reports of an injury to the rear leg of one of the large male lions. These reports vary from the animal improving to the leg is broken.

The Conservation Manager, André Burger, eventually managed to get the male under observation and noted that the when he got up he was very stiff and carried the rear leg (often an indication of a broken leg) but after a while would stand on it and the more he walked on it the better it seemed to get better the longer he walked on it. It could also be observed that the leg had lost a lot of muscle tone indicating the injury was old.

After discussing it with the vet it was decided to wait and see as there is not much that potentially could be done and sometimes nature should run it’s course.

During the Annual Aerial Game Count the male lions were seen on all three days. Day 1 at Nungubane, day 2 at the top of Matriekstraat (6.85km away) and on day 3 day they were just below Wilson’s Way (8.2km away). Two days later they were back at Sekgwa Plains (10.85km away) sore leg and all.