My younger son and friends with a solitary injured donkey they acquainted while hunting around a cattle ranch. Deep claw serrations on its rump drew their attention and these proved to have been made by a lion. During the previous 30-40 days no less than 20 calves had been removed from the herds with lion tracks around, but despite the rancher's best efforts the lion could not be found amongst the canyons. The donkey's position finally gave them a clue.
The rancher obtained a permit from the Department of Nature Conservation for removal of a problem animal and later that afternoon the lion was spotted and shot.
It was an old female but in excellent physical condition. It was also evident that she had recently suffered a serious injury to her jaw. Closer inspection revealed that this impact fracture resembled not the jawbone of an ass but the rear hoof of a donkey. From where this solitary lioness that nobody in the whole county new anything about had made her way onto this ranch is a mystery.
The still in shock donkey was force fed about half a beer by the young men as a sedative, I was told.