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Law of the Jungle | African Adventures : #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

― Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book 

 

Lion- Pride
The Serengeti pride. Guess what they are eyeing? And are they posers or alert hunters?

 

Lion - Pride-moving
Four is a company. This is just a bunch from the pride. There were a total of 11. Take a wild guess what their hunt was?

 

Lion pride-Safari jeeps
The pride joins us unabashedly, as they move towards their prey. Don’t miss them in action in the video below. That’s from our African adventures for you.

Laws of the Jungle | African Adventures

 

Well if you wish to know what the gorgeous pride at Serengeti was hunting scroll down. But before you do so, make sure you read this fascinating piece by Sir Rudyard Kipling.

 

A tribute to the author of The Jungle Book

 

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die

As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.

The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter — go forth and get food of thine own.

Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle — the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.

When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken — it may be fair words shall prevail.

When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.

The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.

The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.

If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.

Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!

If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.

The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.

The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.

Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.

Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.

Cave-Right is the right of the Father — to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.

Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.

Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!”

 

The Adventure at Serengeti, East Africa

 

Okay, so believe it or not, the pride of 11 was hunting a lone Ostrich.

When I quipped, “How is this going to suffice as a meal?”

The then 11 year-old retorted, “Something is better than nothing.”

I was left flabbergasted. A child always thinks so simply. 

And the laws of the jungle work seamlessly. 

 

Psst: The lions gallantly walked passed our trailer. Two of them even sat next to ours sniffing the tyres. As we photographed them, they were barely three feet apart. And no, we weren’t scared. We love our wildlife and wilderness, up-close and personal. 🙂

Don’t miss the video, before you go and a little trivia too. 

 

Before we go a little trivia:

#DidYouKnow: Sir Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book is set in the Central Indian forests, yet he’d never been there ever. The stark, vivid imageries! Such was the power of his words and imagination.

Love, Light and Laughter. <3 <3

Be well. xox

Natasha 

 

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38 thoughts on “Law of the Jungle | African Adventures : #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

  1. I’ve loved lion stories since I was a child, when I was reading about Dr. Livingstone’s journey through Africa. I liked your story, it took me back to my childhood! 🙂
    Have a fine weekend, Natasha! ♥

    1. Thanks dear Natalie. Yes resting and recovering and absolutely lovely to have you hop in.

      I’m glad you liked the African experience. 🙂 See you this week on #WW

  2. The video is amazing! I would like to exist only „image hunting” for humans. 🙂
    When I see lions I think of Kevin Richardson – I would like to play with these huge cats too.
    Thank you for these images!
    I wish you good health! I hug you dearly!
    Love! The light! Laughter!
    Have a fabulous day, dear Natasha! ❤️

    1. Wow, how uncanny is that Di. I wish to go volunteer for Kevin Richardson some day. It’s been a long standing dream.

      Yes shooting should just be restricted to photography. We can only save the planet if we stop recklessly destroying our flora and fauna.

      It’s all upto us.

      Hugging you back dearly too. <3
      Love, light, laughter and blissful spaces my friend. <3 <3

    1. Ha! Ha! It doesn’t but when the wilderness is scare all that they have is what matters. The Lions in this part of Serengeti looked fairly emancipated and it was heart-breaking.

      And we also saw two tiny cub here, one peeping out of his little cave. 🙂

  3. What an interesting post! Definitely in this life I would not go in such areas, so
    it’s very good to see this wildness atmosphere!
    Thank you a lot, dear Natasha for this presentation and for the linking!♥️

    1. Who knows Suzana what this life has in store. Keep dreaming. And you never know they may manifest. <3

      Such a pleasure sharing this with you and all the participants here.
      Love.

  4. Oh how beautiful they are. I’m not into big game hunting, but I’d love to go see all these fabulous creatures in their homeland. You’re so fortunate to have done so.

    Thank you for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday and rest of the week, Natasha. Big hug. ♥
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    1. I am totally against hunting too. These are in the conservation area of Africa, Yes, indeed blessed to have this wilderness experience unfold before us just two months before the pandemic hit us.

      Thank you to you too dear Sandee, for hosting a lovely linky always.

      Big hugs and happy vibes.

    1. Oh, yes, truly so. Most cats in the forests are fairly comfortable around humans. Even the tigers here in India. After all they are the kings of the forests. 🙂

      Lovely to see you Jackie. Will visit your blog soon.

  5. I didn’t get a good look at the ostrich, but I liked the video. I’m sure seeing lions in the wild is great, though there seemed to be more tourists around than lions. Interesting about Sir Rudyard Kipling.

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