Tragic fight to save a lion cub

May 26, 2019 | Categories: Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Nanai’s one year old sitting comfortably, but unable to move her legs © Jane Wynyard

April was a difficult month for Ewaso Lions as we kept watch over Nanai’s one-year old cub injured by a male lion in Samburu National Reserve. Shivani led the operation from Ewaso Lions’ side. From the Kenya Wildlife Service side, we are grateful that our resident vet and his team were on hand to make a professional assessment of her injuries, dart her and treat her. But after several agonizing days and nights,  keeping her safe and hoping she would show improvement, the vet took the harrowing decision to put her out of her misery.

Shivani gets a closer look at the the injured lionness before treatment © Jane Wynyard

While much of the team is not over the death, it was amazing to see how everyone rallied. Jeneria, Solomon and Yesalai did not leave her side for 5 days straight, with supplies of food, water and encouragement being ferried by the Ewaso Lions team with some useful supplies from Save the Elephants to keep everyone sustained. Munteli and the Mama Simba ladies sat with her for hours. Munteli’s video of the injured cub was painful to watch. She sent it to the whole team to say how sad she was that this little cub at the cusp of life suffered so.

No matter how many years go by, or triumphs proclaimed, the hardest thing for our team is losing a lion. In this case, we have to accept that nature took its course, and that the team, and the lions of northern Kenya will live to fight another day.

11 People have left comments on this post

» Mary Tibiatowski said: { May 28, 2019 - 06:05:37 }

Heartbroken to hear this news. Thanks you for all the valiant efforts made on the cub’s behalf.

» Tom Melling said: { May 31, 2019 - 05:05:50 }

Tragic to hear this but y0u did everything you could to save her life. Thank you.

» berna nitzberg said: { May 31, 2019 - 06:05:45 }


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» Mary Tibiatowski said: { May 31, 2019 - 10:05:45 }

Always such sad news. But she fared better with your help than she would of left unattended. So happy you keep your eyes on all the lions.

» Deb Elliott said: { May 31, 2019 - 10:05:04 }

She was beautiful. So sad

» Gabriele Meurer said: { Jun 1, 2019 - 12:06:24 }

I wish you had shown pictures of the injured lioness and her wounds. I am a vet specialised in cats. The big problem in wounds is infection. If you do not fight it with the right antibiotics the animal will not survive. You also have to fight the infection long enough and how can you do this with a wild animal? I know how. But it is a shame that noone of the KWS (I went to headquarters in Nairobi) wants to listen. – You will lose more lions, leopards, cheetahs that way.

» Serge Ifrah said: { Jun 1, 2019 - 01:06:40 }

Penible a voir cette malheureuse Lionne handicapee, que la nature est parfois injuste ! Merci bcp a tte votre equipe pour les soins et tendresse
que vous lui apportez. Bon courage !! Heartbroken to see this cute lionness suffering like that. Thanks a lot to your Team !!

» Jason Doherty said: { Jun 3, 2019 - 09:06:48 }

Oh Ewaso team, all of us at Daraja Academy send our love and condolences. I know you fought the best fight possible… watching a life born, grow and pass pulls strong on the heart. Shivani, hopefully you can share about this and your many hard fought victories the next time you visit with the girls.

» Gay Goodman said: { Jun 7, 2019 - 04:06:33 }

Thank you for sharing this sad story and for all of your inspirational efforts to keep lions safe in Samburu.

» Brett Blumenthal said: { Jun 14, 2019 - 03:06:57 }

Absolutely heartbreaking. Sending love and strength to your team.