Monday, November 17, 2008

Ever wonder what 7,000 pounds of meat look like?

Once upon a time, a hippo lived in a water hole about a kilometer north of our camp. One night, that hippo went out grazing, as he did every evening. Unfortunately, he never made it home. A group of hungry lions were lying in ambush, and hunted the hippo down just a few hundred meters from his little pool.

In the interest of science, I've decided to document where those 3 tons of hippo meat go, day by day. Here's the carcass about 12 hours after the hippo was killed. Two male lions were at the kill, and from the size of their bellies, they had apparently been gorging themselves all night.

These guys were already so full that they could barely breathe. They'd nibble half-heartedly on some meat, then waddle away a few feet and lie down to rest and digest.

In 12 hours, the lions have barely made a dent in the massive carcass. However, they haven't had any competition for their prize yet. We'll have to wait to see what happens overnight.

**By the way, I know not everyone is as interested in seeing photos of carcasses as we are. If these posts get too gross, comment and let me know!


Katy said...

Wow! I've never seen them take down a hippo. The lions look so small next to him.

dp said...

I wouldn't have thought that lions posed much threat to a hippo. Though there is one scene on Planet Earth where lions take down an old elephant, so I guess they can be formidable predators.

Poor hippo looks both sad and comical upside down like that.

Anthony Judd said...

Wow! Great idea! I can't wait to see what happens over the next few days.

Anonymous said...

I'm all in favor of it, because I'm curious myself how long the hippo will last.

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