Feb 14 2017

A starving young lion certainly managed to get his claws into a tasty little snack.

This intense video keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait to see how it plays out….

The awesome footage was captured on film in the Kruger National Park (Get free nights and other specials here) by Graeme Mitchley (45), Deputy Principal at a School in Edenvale, South Africa!

Graeme was excited about the sighting and told LatestSightings.com: “My wife and I had seen a lot of lions in that area in 2016. Due to the drought, the animals came to drink and the lions were there waiting for them. On this particular day there wasn’t an animal in sight, never mind any lions. I commented to my wife that I would love to know where they had all got to. A few minutes later, out of nowhere a lion came walking out of the dry bush with something in its mouth.

At first, it looked like a lioness carrying her cub. However, at second glance, it turned out to be a young male carrying a newborn antelope.

The young lion carried the antelope down into the dry riverbed where we lost visual, but could still hear the antelope bleating.

The lion went into the riverbed also because there were white-backed vultures, hooded vultures and marabou storks in the vicinity hoping to take off with the buck. I think this was pure opportunism on the part of the lion as he must have stumbled upon the newborn whilst walking through the bush.

I am not sure what happened to its mom but she may have been grazing and wandered a bit too far off from her youngster.

While the sighting was being played out, adrenaline was flowing! But watching the video, I could hear the little buck bleating, which wasn’t nice at all.

My wife was almost in tears and given a chance, she would have rescued the poor thing.




We visit the Kruger often but this was a rare sighting for both of us.

That’s why the KNP is the best place on Earth, you never know what lies in wait around the following bend!”

Source: Latest Sightings


Mar 7 2017

Sparrowhawk takes on cuckoo in vicious stand-off




This Sparrowhawk did not let his cuckoo counterpart get off lightly in this battle of the birds and at one stage the feathers were literally flying….

31-year-old, Organ Sabiepark, who works at Sabie Park just outside the Paul Kruger Gate, was able to capture this moment on film.

Organ tells us: “I have the best job in the entire world! Getting to spend the whole day being with animals, there is nothing like it’

This was the first time I’ve seen an eagle killing anything.

I was working at the picnic site, as usual, when I heard a noise coming from nearby. I started looking around and suddenly spotted the Sparrowhawk strangling a Jacobin Cuckoo.

When I watched the sighting play itself out, I felt sad about what was happening! The Sparrowhawk was biting the Jacobin Cuckoo and trying to kill it, all while the cuckoo was fighting for its life and trying to escape.

At the end, after fighting extremely long and hard, the Cuckoo managed to get away. That was in some way a great relief.”

Sparrowhawks rely on the element of surprise and as such will often follow a regular route to get close to potential prey.

Source: Latest Sightings