You watch the Lion King on Disney Plus for the seventh time this month. I watch a ridiculous Facebook video showing a pride of lions (lionesses, to be factually accurate) taking over Kruger National Park.
We are not the same.
Seriously though, lions absolutely rule. Even if they’re of the sea variety.
And a recent Facebook video showing seven lions taking over the highway that runs through Kruger National Park in South Africa is must-see.
The video, which was posted Wednesday morning on a Facebook page dedicated to the animals in the park, showed a remarkable scene. It shows as many as seven female lions (again, lionesses for y’all who have not been to a zoo) walking across a wet roadway that runs through the park. The sighting completely stopped traffic for a number of minutes as passersby either come to a standstill or drive off the surface of the road.
Those on-hand for the moment state that whispers of “pspspsps” were not answered.
Facebook commenters also seemed upset with how close the cars were following the pride.
Beautiful. But vehicles should turn off their engines and stop following right behind them. It’s noisy and very unfair,” said commenter Mary Duffy Blake.
“They were there first before roads and tourist. They should have the way. (I)t is sad to see these animals needing to use the roads,” Susan Hines said.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa. According to South African National Parks’ official website, the reserve is home to some 1,500 lions.
Sighting the “Big Five” has become something of a quest for many people when on safari, and the Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of these, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 17,000 elephant, 48,000 buffalo and 1,000 leopards. It should certainly not be a pre-requisite of a safari to see these or even a priority, as there are plenty of other fascinating animals and birds in the African bush. – SANParks.org
Even so, to spot such a large group so casually sauntering along is a rare and magnificent site.