We sat quietly in our jeep, watching animals cautiously approach a water hole, next to which was this lioness. As we looked on she suddenly yawned, giving us all a memorable demonstration of just how powerful those jaws are…
…glad I was safely inside a jeep and not potential lion prey.
2 thoughts on “Lions of the Maasai Mara…The Yawn”
Well, I think you were still potential lion prey, just that the likelihood was reduced 🙂 Animals can yawn for various reasons, not all to do with sleepiness, but as a method of releasing tension.
Great images 🙂
Thank you. Personally, I think that lioness was just trying to fool all the other animals, yawning as if eating was the last thing on her mind. Our guide did say that the car wasn’t much of a barrier to a lion, if they really wanted to, they could easily break the glass window. I’m surprised more humans don’t get eaten every year.