Ol & # 39; blue eye: lioness is left with a stunning blue eye after a warthog fight
- Sarsha Rinkovec, 46, from Melbourne, Australia, captured the image of the & # 39; huge & # 39; and & # 39; muscular & # 39; lioness
- She found & # 39; Blue Eye & # 39; on a day when & # 39; moody rain clouds & # 39; hung in the sky and she was attracted to the being
- The eye color comes from the veins below the surface of her eye that rise after the trauma
- Local nature guards say the big cat is still the wildest predator in the nature reserve
A beautiful lioness has the nickname & # 39; Blue Eye & # 39; got it after a warthog fight made her look like she had a glass eye.
The veteran predator was injured when the prey she hunted pierced her eye with his tusk two years ago.
The injury now looks like a blue glass eye. But experts say it's just swollen and turned blue because of the veins on the surface.
A mighty lioness has the name & # 39; Blue Eye & # 39; earned after a fight with a warthog looked at her as if she had a glass eye. The photos were taken by 46-year-old Sarsha Rinkovec from Melbourne, Australia, who said: & # 39; It was a beautiful and cold afternoon with very moody rain clouds and broken sun streaming through the clouds. She focused on & # 39; Blue Eye & # 39; because they are so & # 39; unique & # 39; used to be
The experienced predator, who is fearless according to local rangers, was wounded when the warthog she hunted pierced her eye with his tusk two years ago.
The injury now looks like a blue glass eye. Experts say it is just swollen and has turned blue because the veins on the surface are coming up
Taken in the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa, the lioness is known to local rangers as the most formidable hunter in her pride, despite her injury.
The photo was taken by 46-year-old Sarsha Rinkovec, from Melbourne, Australia, who said: & # 39; It was a beautiful and cold afternoon with very moody rain clouds and broken sun streaming through the clouds.
& # 39; Just before sunset we found the lioness and her sister at the top of the hill at their vantage point.
& # 39; I focused on & # 39; blue eye & # 39; because it is so unique. She is a huge and muscular lioness and was a pleasure to photograph. & # 39;
The rangers told the amateur photographer that the lioness was the matriarch of her pride and taught the other younger lions how to hunt.
Taken in the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa, the lioness is known to local rangers as the most formidable hunter in her pride, despite her injury
Females are the most important hunters of a lion pride and males only go for the big killings. Food caught by the females is brought home and the male usually receives a free lunch
The turbid retina, as seen in the Blue Eye peeper, is rare, but can be caused by disease and traumatic injury to animals
Mr. Rinkovec, who works as a mechanical assembler, said: & The story the game rangers shared was that she was wounded two years ago while hunting by a warthog tusk piercing her eye.
& # 39; The game reserve vet has checked her and she is perfectly healthy.
& # 39; The eye is not a glass eye – but is swollen and has a bluish color due to the predominant veins. She's blind in this eye, but it doesn't affect her hunting or ability to be a great animal that continues to support herself, her cubs, and her pride. & # 39;
Females are the main hunters of a lion's pride, while only men hunt when the murder is large.