‘Freak accident’: lions that killed tracker behaved ‘abnormally’

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‘Freak accident’: lions that killed tracker behaved ‘abnormally’

Malibongwe Mfila was experienced and respected. He couldn’t have known of the unusual circumstances: lodge owner

There was no way wildlife tracker Malibongwe Mfila, 27, who was mauled to death by two lions at a luxury Limpopo lodge at the weekend, could have known the predators were weak and hungry after being kicked out of their pride in abnormal behaviour for big cats.

Robert More, CEO and owner of the MORE Family Collection, which owns the Marataba Safari Lodge, said the tragedy was the result of a highly unusual set of circumstances.

“Two young male lions, about nine months old, were abandoned by their mother between two and three weeks ago for reasons yet to be determined. This is abnormal lion behaviour as sub-adult males usually only disperse from their natal groups at the age of about two years old,” he told Sunday Times Daily...

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