There’s something about the presence of a lion that tickles the primitive warning centers of our brain. I guess it’s the old “prey” warning in us, because the hair began to rise on the back of my neck when I saw these paw-prints in the sand.
We were up for an early morning game drive and not far from our cabin I encountered these paw-prints. They were huge — the diameter of a small grapefruit! They clearly had been made by a big cat, likely a lion (possibly a leopard, I suppose). No one had seen or heard the animal during the night and we had no idea where it was, although I imagine it was well on its way by the time we found evidence of its visit.
When we hit the road we discovered more lion prints mixed with the tire tracks. One of the wonders of being on safari in the magnificient Okavango Delta!