In late November a distress call from Olare Orok Conservancy manager reached the Mara vet unit on a Sunday morning about a lioness spotted by a patrol unit with a arrow head lodged on its front left leg
In late November a distress call from Olare Orok Conservancy manager reached the Mara vet unit on a Sunday morning about a lioness spotted by a patrol unit with a arrow head lodged on its front left leg. The team members had all planned to travel back to Nairobi and take a four day break as the unit vehicle is serviced in readiness for the December operations but that journey was cut short. The travel plans quickly changed we headed off to save the lioness from. We hurriedly unpacked our bags from the car and replaced them instead with drug boxes, ropes, water cans and the dart gun. We drove to the conservancy where the Lioness was and found her in the company of another lioness most probably a sister or a close relative. This is because Lion cubs born at the same time in the same pride bond and live together for the rest of their lifetime. We were informed that both females had lost two cubs each to another pride whose territory overlaps with theirs. This must have therefore caused them a lot of grief but we could not understand why someone had to attack them with arrows considering that the area has plenty of game for prey and is away from settlements. She was calm even in our presence and was tucked under some croton bushes to shelter from the sun. Even with our naked eyes we could see the arrow head lodged in the upper part of the front left leg.