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The Miracle Lioness: Kalmuniak

April 17th 2008 10:31
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SAMBURU , KENYA - In Biology, we know that there exist the thing called food chain. It could be like this: soil nutrients consumed by grass, grass consumed by deer, deer consumed by lion, lion die consumed by microorganism into soil nutrients, and so on. The food pyramid draws on who eat who and who get eaten by who. This means, an oryx, a kind of horned deer living in Africa, is a food to wolves, leopard, lion or other predators.
However, as what was reported in BBC 7 January 2002, A lioness in central Kenya has baffled wildlife experts by adopting a baby oryx. Reports say the full-grown lioness came across the oryx two weeks ago in the Samburu Game Reserve, scaring off its mother.
Instead of then attacking the defenceless calf, the lioness adopted the baby, protecting it from other predators, including a leopard.

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The local witnesses stated that every evening the lioness and the baby oryx would rest together. The lioness would curl up her body to the side of the oryx. The lioness even allowed the real oryx mother to come playing with the baby oryx, giving the baby milk. When the baby gets full, the lioness would then chase away the mother to go.
That also means extra work for the lioness, for she has to protect the baby oryx. In any way, the oryx do rise the appetite of her predator relatives, many other lions would love to meal on the oryx.

However on Sunday of 6 January 2002, the sad end to the story came when the lioness led the oryx to the river to drink. Weakened by two weeks of looking after her adopted baby, she fell asleep, failing to notice a hungry male lion in the area. The oryx was no more.
Patrick Muriungi, a receptionist at Samburu Lodge, told AFP the lioness was grief-stricken when she awoke to realise from the small noises of what had happened. The lioness was right away very enraged and attacked the male lion. "She was very angry. She went around the lion about 10 times roaring, and then the lioness disappeared," he was quoted as saying.

Of course this extraordinary case attracts the attention of many. "This is either an extraordinary case of maternal instinct or simply the eighth wonder of the world," the local Herman Mwasaghu told The Nation newspaper. "What is baffling is why the relationship has lasted so long," said Wildlife expert Vincent Kapeen. He also thought the lioness spared the oryx "because animals have a special instinct to care for the young". Or could it be because the lioness was being lonely? How about you? What do you think?

Local people in Kenya named the lioness Kamunyak, which means “the blessed one” in the local Samburu language. Since then she has cared for five more young Oryxes, but none lives longer than a week and the last escaped back to it's mother. Kamunyak was last sighted in February 2003, and despite a number of searches, she has not been spotted again. Her story was recorded by Saba Douglas-Hamilton and her sister, Dudu, between January 2002 - August 2003. Their film, Heart of a Lioness, was shown on the BBC and Animal Planet. This a powerful message for us all to fight racism. If an animal can overcome her hunger and instinct to protect, imagine what we humans can do, if we really wants to.

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- AnimalPlanet:The Heart of Lioness
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Comment by Anonymous

May 8th 2009 11:32
The show the Heart of a Lioness was really beautiful and tragic. I firmly believe that the person in charge, Ms. Saba Douglas-Hamilton, should have tried to save both the lioness and the oryx. They would have been an inspiration to countless millions of people around the planet. Her attitude is similar as the one of the photographer Kevin Carter, who in the year 1994 took a picture of a little boy in Sudan, who was near death due to starvation. Next to the boy there was a raven, waiting for the little boy to die. Mr. Carter took the picture, won the Pulitzer Prize and a lot of money and fame because of that picture, but he never lifted a finger to help the little boy. Probably because of remorse, he committed suicide 3 months later. I will say that Ms. Saba Douglas-Hamilton wasted a unique opportunity to help our planet. She will be always remembered as the person who did absolutely nothing to help those two great animals, who were desperate for humans to lend them a hand. To me it is difficult to believe that after seeing those 2 animals starve for two weeks, she thought it was better not to do anything. She has a distorted concept of the meaning of letting nature take its course.

Comment by Zihannasheen

January 6th 2011 10:52
Hi!

I saw it the other day by chance on TV. And stand in awe ever since to the lioness.

It is the best, highest and greatest of all miracles in life.

Zihannasheen

Comment by Anonymous

January 10th 2012 17:13
I've seen this story floating about. it's always amazing that a lioness would have ignored her own predatorial instincts and adopted the baby Oryx, even going so far as to let the mother play with her baby and nursing it. Even showing grief when the lion came along and killed it.

To the person said that someone should have done something, no, this lioness is a wild animal. She belongs out there in the wild. Yes, I know that some zoo animals were captured out of the wild, but there was no need for this one to be captured. In fact, the woman who took the photo probably was not associated with any part of a zoo and there was probably nothing she could do to help. Even if she tried, it may have been too late by the time she got help. This was just an unfortunate end, and no one is to blame.

It's different with the children, the man could have alerted an organization or something but again, even he could only do so much.

At least we all enjoyed the amazement of this lionesses unusual story with the oryx for a little while.

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