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Friday, June 01, 2007

He Who Greets With Fire

Hyenas, Hippies... Same Thing, Really.

Here's a clip from one of my all-time favorite National Geographic shows. It's from a special entitled "Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas." It used to get regular airings on PBS/KERA in Dallas/Ft. Worth, and you can buy it here.

The show illustrates the millenia-old conflict between two groups of African predators, the lions and the hyenas.

Stars of the show are two young male lions who both excel at kicking some hyena ass. One is named Mandevu, the other is called Ntwadumela, which in the local dialect means "He Who Greets With Fire".

When Rockhauler and I first saw this show back in the early 90's, it led to us adding a new class of battleship to a wargame we played. In addition to the usual Iowa-class battleship names, we had to have in the fleet a couple of BBs named Mandevu & Ntwadumela in honor of these magnificent kitties.