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“If you could go inside the lion’s skull, not the part blown apart by the high impact bullet that was fired by the overweight pediatrician with high cholesterol from Fort Worth that is now lying in the gulley being more or less a chew toy fought over and pulled apart by hyenas while the vultures wait their turn in the tree, but the part that was alive just a few minutes ago and back then stored the habits and knowledge of generations of the lion’s family that told the male lion to head west from what is now national park to the plain a bit to the east where generations ago, the male lions in his family found female lions to mate with, you wouldn’t find anything about roads.
A lion’s DNA and generations of habit and knowledge can tell the lion many things – it can tell him to crawl up to the ridge when the rains come because the water drives the prey up there when it rises in the river. A lion knows that when the grass is too tall in the lower plains because of the rain that if he travels higher to the plains that are now where the air strip, there will be more game. A lion knows so many things, some we can guess and some that researchers who have watched lions for years can stand up in conferences and say they know but are really just better guessers, but even the smartest of lions knows nothing of the difference a simple road can make.
The road that the lion crossed looking for company is a hard-packed dirt road that has been there for as long as anyone can remember. It is a good road. It doesn’t wash out in the rainy season and it’s what the tourists travel from where the lodges are and the tourists turn left into the national park.
The hunters turn right.”