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Tree lion

Tree lion

Lion relaxing on a branch

Finding lions in trees is actually a fairly common occurrence in the South Luangwa. The lions from the Hollywood pride especially seem to have a habit of jumping up into trees to try and escape the heat or flies. Or to steal a leopard kill, which was what we witnessed on a safari that I was leading last week! No images from that sighting though as it was dark and the tree had very thick foliage. Still it was incredible to witness with one lioness chasing the leopard right up into the upper branches. There was a lot of growling and spitting from both animals but the lioness finally gave in and scrabbled back down to the ground.. This image was taken on a previous safari.

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