Wednesday, July 18, 2007

BBQ time on the Serengeti

Hey everyone, the lions are having a BBQ and all the meat eaters are invited! Yes, hippo is the special today...


Mom is the actual BBQer though. She does the kill. Dad just waits to be served and protects the family. Isn't nature wonderful?

Of course, Dad gets to eat first. He's checking to make sure that his meal is the properly cooked level: raw!
Hey, looks like Dad ordered the full rack of ribs. Yum.Once Dad is done, Mom and the others eat. Perhaps Dad, like most men, just isn't that socially gifted.
Now as the lions hang out and enjoy their BBQ, the other animals have taken there particular designated spots and are patiently awaiting their turn at the meal.Here Mom walks over the a small watering hole and note the Jackal patiently waiting his turn too. Now to explain this phenomenon, we have a chart. Note the proper placement of said invitees to the BBQ and their distance-from-the-kill perimiter and spacing as to avoid overcrowding and proper pecking orders:
Now, if you are a crafty but small Jackal, you might have a plan of your own...If you are real small, you just might be able to sneak up to the lions original BBQ kill spot in the hopes of snagging some treats that the lions didn't carry over to where they are now.Score! You've got some tasty organs! It's just like picking up your sausages from the local butcher! Lions don't like the organs.
And so goes another day in the Serengeti. The lions will wander off and the hyenas will have their pick. After their satisfied, the other jackals will take a shot at the meat and once they are done, the buzzards/vultures that have been circling all day will clean up. They are like the janitors of the Serengeti.

8 comments:

Anne said...

Great pix! I like the visual aides, too.

Arlene said...

Wow, you got really great shots! Sounds like your trip was amazing!!

iamnot said...

Where do database administrators fit on that little diagram?

Kurt said...

And the humans photograph the whole thing.

Variant E said...

anne - Thanks. Powerpoint is my friend.

arlene - Yes, amazing I came back (or made it back)

iamnot - I think DBAs are underground where there is no sun...

kurt - Yes, from our protective little vehicles lest we become part of the "circle of life" literally

Tammie Jean said...

These are amazing photos! Were you really that close to all the action? Or do you have a really big zoom?
(Geez, that question almost sounds inappropriate...)

Variant E said...

tammie jean - Thanks for stopping by! Now that is a loaded question asking about the size of my zoom LOL. Seriously though, I only had a 10x zoom. It was a pretty compact digital camera and so I was pretty close to the action. Some shots, I was as little as 5 feet away from the animal. These shots, the lions were probably 40-50 feet away.

Camille Alexa said...

I saw the b and the other b, but I did not see the q!