09 Mar

It's a Cat eat Cat world out there...an astonishing find for us was that territorial male P13 killed and fully consumed another adult male lion (P43) in Trione-Annadel State Park. We found the remains of the kill on the 30th January, but the kill took place on the 20th January between 16h00 and 18h00. P13 spent almost 6 days feeding on this male lion. We are unsure of the identity of this lion, however, this is most likely the outcome of a territorial dispute and the first record of adult mortality due to intraspecific conflict on the project. Additionally, P43 may very well be the male that killed P20 cub(s?) in October. We have swabbed bite wounds from the dead kitten we found to obtain DNA of the lion that killed her, and will now be able to try to match these with P43’s DNA.

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