Thursday, June 14, 2012

April 29, 2012: Feeding the Kitties and Bedroom Visitor

Greetings All,
Yesterday we got a call from Howard that he was going to feed the kitties if anyone wanted to watch. Sure we did. We rushed off to the kitty enclosure and Howard was there in his land rover with a dead Impala in the back (photo 1).

We followed Howard into the lion enclosure in vehicles of course and the lions were waiting for lunch (photo 2).

It's kind of hard to see through the bushes but the Impala was pushed off the back of the land rover and the lions pounced on it dragging it into the bushes (photo 3).

The 3 lions (1 female and 2 males) feasted on the carcass with a few snarls and growls (photo 4). The experience gave new meaning to time to feed the cats. No friskies for these kitties!

No sooner had we settled back into camp when Elisa got a frantic call from Loren. A giant monitor lizard had crawled through a hole in the roof and was dangling above her bed! He fell to the floor with a thud and promptly disappeared. Loren was requesting back up to find him and get him out of the house. We arrived on the scene and carefully peered under the furniture finally locating him peering from under Elisa's bed (photo 5).

We devised a plan to herd him out of the house with a broom but he wouldn't budge. No one wanted to grab him since monitor lizards have formidable claws and a bite laden with bacteria. Finally, Elisa got brave and threw her towel over him, gingerly lifted him up and carried him outside (photo 6).

Luckily, he did not put up a struggle preferring to play dead instead. Once released he slunk off in the tall grass (photo 7). There's never a dull moment when you live on a game farm in South Africa.

We hope all is well back home.
Marc and Peggy

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