October 7, 2002
THE LION'S SHARE:Kenya's mysterious lioness adopts another oryx (Eliud Chisika, 10/08/02, East Africa Standard)
The internationally acknowledged oryx-adopting lioness in the Samburu National Game Reserve has for the fifth time adopted another baby oryx.
In an act that continues to baffle conservationists, the lioness was spotted yesterday morning strolling with the five-day old oryx at the game reserve by wardens. [...]
The lioness came to light when she first adopted a Beisa oryx named "Simon" last December 20 and lived with it for 14 days before it was mauled by a lion near the Uaso Nyiro River.
Its second oryx-named "Valentine"-was adopted on Valentines Day before Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rescued it and airlifted it to Nairobi. The lioness went on to adopt its third baby oryx on Easter Holiday and later made good its peculiar habits by adopting another one in May.
Has it occurred to anyone that she's just fattening them for the slaughter? Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2002 7:04 PM