Graeme Mitchley and his wife were visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa when they noticed a lion that had something in its mouth. Upon closer inspection, they realized it was a baby antelope, which was most likely a snack for the big cat. However, the way the predator treated its prey left the onlookers shocked.
While lions have been considered king of the jungle for many years, their reign over the rest of nature is no longer as firm as it once was. In recent years, the ultimate predator has found itself prey to different threats, meaning that they are no longer as prevalent as they once were.
A human-wildlife conflict, combined with other factors including habitat loss and hunting, has contributed to a 43 percent decrease in African lion populations in the past 21 years alone. Consequently, conservationists now consider them to be a vulnerable species.