Sandro Geyser (33), director of operations at the IntegriSure Group of companies, was vacationing in the Okavango Delta when he managed to capture this dramatic and emotional battle on film. It was truly an epic battle between the lions and the roan antelope.
He shares the full details of the event with Latestsightings.com: “While at camp, the camp staff informed us that there were some lions not too far away and they offered to go and show us.”
“At the scene near camp Khwai, we saw two lionesses lying in the shade on a blistering hot day. After a while, we returned to camp for brunch and around 40 minutes later we returned to the lions to see if anything had changed.”
“Upon arrival, we noticed there were no lions in the shade. When we looked to the other side of us, we saw the lions already on the roan antelope, less than 15 meters from us. The initial attack was only witnessed by the people in our car and we were the only people that witnessed everything from start to finish. “
“Initially we were excited at being able to see such a rare sighting in broad daylight. However, as the day unfolded feelings of sorrow and heroics developed towards the struggling roan. Battered and bruised the roan was fighting for survival. By late afternoon, the roan and lions were lying in the shade, mere meters away from each other. It seemed as if there was a truce between them.”
“We returned to the scene the next morning, but didn’t see anything. I am of the opinion that the roan died somewhere during the night, but no one knows for sure. One can only assume what happened in the end.”
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“I have been privileged to see many rare animal sightings and behaviours throughout Southern Africa. However, this tops the list as the most touching and memorable sighting. Almost as if there was an emotional connection.”