Are you a King?


“He is a King who fears nothing, He is a king who desires nothing….” – Seneca

19th Aug, 2012 – Masai Mara Wildlife Safari – Kenya

Though it’s only 8:30 in the morning, the sun scorches our skin, through the semi-open roof of the van.

As we meander through the sea of wildebeest dotting the horizon, we hear a clamor in the adjoining bush. The guide takes us closer to the 10-15 vans bursting at the seams with eager, excited tourists clicking snaps and vying for HIS attention.

He is not the fastest, largest or for that matter even the strongest of ’em all. But that day, I realized why we humans have anointed HIM as the king of the jungle. With a slight shake of the thick, light-brown mane, Leo gets up from besides his girlfriend and looks up lazily at his food in the other direction. He nuzzles her below the ear to get up and hunt down their weekly meal.

Just before the romp!

All of us wait with bated breath, anticipating a kill today. He takes a short stroll towards a vehicle and looks at all of us. A yawn and attention redirected back to his still half-asleep girlfriend, confirms the fact that he doesn’t really care about our presence.

He nudges her one last time, to be only given a bite and roar in retaliation. So what does Leo do, now that he’s being royally ignored by his beastial-half?

He lazily walks behind her and ever so nonchalantly mounts from behind and gives her a quickie, right in front of the 100 humans who could potentially be his predators, as well as 1000s of his potential prey lurking in the background.

That is probably one unique quality of lions, which set them apart from fellow competitors. Though they might roam around in prides, they are least bothered by their surroundings. The august look and lazy demeanor is accompanied by an equally regal walk and a definite disdain for his subjects!

A tiger is stronger, cheetah faster and elephant larger, but for me as well as billions of fellow homo sapiens, Panthera Leo was, is and will remain king, nay ‘Emperor of the jungle’

Walk like a King, and see who dare treats you any different!

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  1. good.

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