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CANNIBAL LION

Cannibalism in Lions is often displayed when a male lion takes over dormancy and territory of a rival pride, often kills any existing cubs fathered by other males; which brings the lionesses into heat more quickly, enabling the invading to sire his own young.

But my encounter with Sior a lioness of the Schora pride at the Ol Pejeta conservancy feeding on the carcass of a freshly killed lioness by her pride at night made me draw a sharp breath of shock.

I have always known lions as scavengers which happily steal food from other animals, or eat leftovers after a kill, often seen them bullying other predators into giving up their meals. but as you can see in the clip above Sior nibbles away the remains menacingly.

According to Wikipedia Cannibalism involves consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food. To consume the same species, or show cannibalistic behaviour, is a common ecological interaction in the animal kingdom, and has been recorded in more than 1,500 species so it shouldn’t be such a dillema, here’s the real catch I have witnessed lions killing hyenas but never have I seen the lion eating the hyena, wild me in lets keep the conversation flowing

In your opinion, Why do you think Sior fed on the dead lioness?

6 replies
  1. Forex Watchers
    Forex Watchers says:

    I don’t know if it’s changed my view of my fellow human beings. I think, if we didn’t have these Western taboos, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more cannibalism. We’ve certainly been doing it for thousands and thousands of years, under certain circumstances. If those circumstances were to arise again, I can’t see why cannibalism wouldn’t also happen again.

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  2. Waceke Mbuthia
    Waceke Mbuthia says:

    Wow, this is very interesting and surprising at the same time. Lions are unpredictable, I was watching another documentary on Natgeo, one pride wanted the other’s territory so they kind of held hostage one of the lionesses of the other pride and tortured her so the other pride ended up giving up their territory to get back their member. Lions are brutal. I dont like them at all coz they kill even the endangered species like baby elephants and baby rhinos. This is a very unique discovery, perhaps you can investigate this particular lioness further to get to know why it acted this way.

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