A Young Warthog Chases Off 3 Hyenas
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We were happy to welcome back to the area Juda and Meruba, two magnificent black-maned male lions from the Marsh Boys pride who were last seen 6 months ago. They were joined by two females from the Solo Pride. A different pride of lions comprising one male and two females were seen often and although a small group they provided some dramatic action. On one occasion, they killed a warthog right in front of the game viewers. Another time they made an attempted kill of a young giraffe, missing by only a few inches.Leopards were found many times, including a female feeding up on a tree with hyena lying in wait at the bottom, ready to snatch any falling bones. A pair of leopards were seen mating, so we hope that they will be successful.
Across at Four Rivers, wild dogs were found hunting. They were successful in bringing down a young impala which was quickly devoured but apparently the dogs regarded this small lamb as being little more than an aperitif and they continued to look for larger prey that could satisfy the whole pack. It is always special to see two different species interacting so it was a thrilling to see a clan of hyenas baiting a wild dog pack as they tried in vain to rest in the long grass. Eventually the dogs gave up their attempted siesta and moved off.
Good lion sightings this month, including two females that had killed a warthog, and were found having to defend their kill against a few hyenas. In spite of being outnumbered, the females managed to keep their kill, and after a bit of fighting, chased the hyenas away. The lionesses with four cubs also managed to kill a zebra, and spent a couple of days feasting on that.
The chase lasted for days, with the hyenas cackling at Simba's heels, until the young lion finally gave up and attacked Baasho head-on. In the midst of the tangle, Simba ran into a rock, which turned out to be a rhinoceros. In answer to Simba's pleas, the rhino chased the hyenas, including Baasho, who bit through a section of Simba's tail in an attempt to keep from falling off a cliff. The tail snapped in his mouth, and Baasho fell alongside his fellow hyenas down the high cliff.
The demented reign of Scar only intensified, and the hyenas prospered under his terrible power. However, their fears were aroused when Scar began to grow close to Nala, a fine young lioness who threatened to wedge herself in-between the king and his cronies. In an attempt to see how fast their relationship was growing, Baasho and a few of his friends spied on the two in the forest, but a storm uncovered their deception, and Scar lashed out in anger.
When Mufasa was at last defeated, Simba attempted escape, and Banagi sent Baasho after the young lion. Several times, Baasho came close to killing Simba, but Zazu drove him back each time, protecting his prince. At last, Baasho had Simba hanging by his tail over a cliff, and the tail snapped, sending Simba reeling to his death, while Baasho trooped away with what was left of Simba's tail in his mouth. Still holding his prize, Baasho returned to the pride and reported the deaths of his fellow hyenas, who had joined Simba in the plunge over the cliff.
A while later, a full-grown Simba returned to the Pride Lands and confronted Scar, who pointedly glared up at the hyenas for their failure to kill Simba. During the final battle, the hyenas flanked their leader, and the trio targeted Timon and Zazu in a bone cage. Pumbaa soon came to the rescue, and Banzai and his friends were chased away by the warthog's brawn.
Like most hyenas, Banzai is bumbling, humorous, and driven by hunger. He showed exceptional gluttony and greed when he encountered Simba and Nala, being willing to kill young cubs to sate his appetite. Additionally, he has complete disregard for the Circle of Life, as he chafed at Mufasa's authority and willingly stripped the Pride Lands of all life. He is simple-minded and unintelligent, which often led to misunderstandings between him and Scar, who expressed frustration at his stupidity.
Ni is a character who appears in The Lion King: Six New Adventures story Nala's Dare. He is a young lion who has left his pride to start his own and travels through the Pride Lands during Scar's reign and saves Nala from hyenas before leaving, after meeting the rest of the Pridelanders.
Growler is a young warthog who appears in a story called Pumbaa's New Friends. He is part of the warthog sounder that lives in the same oasis as Timon and Pumbaa. He considered Pumbaa a disgrace to all warthogs when his mother befriended Pumbaa. After Simba and Timon expose Growler's plot to dispose of Pumbaa, Growler's mother called Growler a disgrace and banished him from her sounder.
In the first book of the novelization series, The Lion King: Six New Adventures, A Tale of Two Brothers, the young hyenas appear at the beginning where they surround a helpless Rafiki who had just arrived in the Pride Lands. King Ahadi comes to his rescue just in time, with his sons Mufasa and Taka (Scar) in tow, and demands that the hyenas leave. Later, Scar meets with the hyenas, the story revealing that he asked for their help. Shenzi advises Scar to make himself look good by making Mufasa look bad. Taka is intrigued by the suggestion and plans to incite a cape buffalo called Boma to fight Mufasa. His plan goes badly and his eye is wounded by the buffalo herd in the process, hence the nickname "Scar".
When a young adult Simba returns to overthrow Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed grow worried once Scar sees Simba alive and well and glares at them, prompting them to gulp and back away. However, they demonstrate their continued loyalty to Scar by joining the fight on his side, but most hyenas are defeated or flee the Pride Lands, while Shenzi and Banzai are ruthlessly beaten up by Pumbaa for calling him a "pig" while Ed watches in horror. Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed follow Scar and Simba at the top of Pride Rock to assist Scar, who has been cornered by Simba. However, when they overhear Scar try to thrust all blame for the events on them to Simba, claiming that Mufasa's death was all their idea, they get angry and alert the rest of the clan to what they just heard.
Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are among the villains imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. They are the parents of young hyenas given to the children of the villains (however, it's unclear if the trio fathered the cubs, if just Banzai or Ed fathered the cubs with Shenzi or if they individually mated with other hyenas).
It was immediately apparent that the two young adults were a huge help to Scorpio and Libra. They offered food to Libra while she was lactating and to the pups when they left the den, and chased off hyenas that came too close for comfort.
This time we did not see the cheetah but, on our way to the pan, we met with a group of spotted hyenas composed of seven adults and two youngsters, the largest group we have seen so far in HNP and Zimbabwe. As they are one of the favourite animals of our daughter Flori, we stopped to watch.
Scanning the area, we saw a young warthog running towards the lions, unaware of their presence until it found itself among them and, by then, it was too late. Although the lions had eaten, they could not resist a chase and a couple of lionesses went for it. As the warthog was coming at a speed, it managed to avoid the attackers by swerving around them as these animals are very fast on short runs and the lionesses were full of meat.
One night, after dinner Mabel and I were getting ready to retire to our tent when we started hearing hyenas laughing and a loud squealing coming from the Mara river area, some distance from our camp. We assumed that a warthog was caught and it was responsible for such a loud noise so we jumped in the car and went to investigate.
We shone the torches to the area where the trouble was and through the bushes saw a small elephant being kept at bay by several hyenas. Clearly the situation of the youngster was getting more desperate by the minute and so was our anxiety growing! Eventually, the female elephant found a suitable place, jumped into the water and crossed the river. It surprised the hyenas that it chased all over the place and reunited with its calf. The hyenas stayed around for a while still laughing loudly but the elephants were soon gone and so did we after such a good ending for an exciting evening entertainment!
On a hot afternoon in the South Luangwa National Park, guests of Kaingo Camp watched as a lazy afternoon nap for three Hyenas, was rudely interrupted by a young male Warthog intent on having the place all to himself. The deep shade close to a muddy pool was obviously too inviting as a siesta space for the warthog to resist.
When we arrived at the den, there were three adult hyenas taking care of three very young and rambunctious pups. The pups had a blast playing with each other and we just got to sit and enjoy the show. They battled back and forth, explored their territory, annoyed their mom, and generally acted like puppies.
The clan of hyenas were still using their den, although the cubs were now big enough to follow the adults on their hunting missions. Up to twelve adults and four cubs were being seen, sometimes showing interesting interactions with mothers feeding their offspring and the young members of the clan playing together. A female hyena was located hunting alone and she managed to bring down and kill an impala lamb as we were watching.
A pack of twenty-five wild dogs was seen hunting and successfully making a kill, these dogs were specializing in young antelope such as impala, tsessebe and wildebeest. The ongoing war between this pack of wild dogs and the resident hyenas is not over; they were found fighting for carcasses, but the large wild dog pack seems to be winning most of the battle through strength in numbers. This pack of wild dogs was doing very well, the adults seem to be doing a great job of feeding their eleven puppies and well making sure that they are protected from the other predators. 2b1af7f3a8