Lion Family Caught Injured Fox: Then, the Unexpected Happened…
You just never know what kind of wonder you’re due to experience when you’re out in the wild. It’s why thousands of tourists each year take African safaris – so that they can catch a glimpse of lions, giraffes and other big-game animals in their natural habitat. That’s why photographer Graham Dyer set off to Botswana, only he wanted to up the ante and capture photos of these animals as well. And when his tour group came across a wounded fox and lions in the area, the expectation is that they were going to have front-row seats to watch the lion finish the kill.
What they saw was equally breathtaking, but not at all what they expected.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Situated in Botswana’s portion of the Kalahari desert, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a national park that measures over 20,000 square miles. It’s the second-largest game reserve on the planet, and home to creatures both big and small. Visitors at the reserve are likely to spot everything from aardvarks and porcupines to larger animals like elephants, rhinos, leopards and lions.
A Dog-Eat-Dog World
As you might imagine, the food chain principle applies at the Kalahari Game Reserve. And the kings of the jungle – the lions – are known for hunting their prey to feed their pride.
Meet the Fox
Usually smaller than a mid-sized dog, foxes are mammals that feed on the likes of insects, small reptiles and birds, and eggs and plants. But foxes can also be hunted by larger animals… like lions.
King of the Jungle
Lions are called the king of the jungle, but it’s actually the females that do most of the hunting. It wouldn’t be unusual to see a lion taking down an antelope or a zebra. A fox is certainly not off of a lion’s menu either.