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If there was one single unforgettable image in the world’s press during the past year, it was the sight of a remarkable relationship that blossomed in the wilds of Samburu, Northern Kenya.

Headlines hailed as a miracle the friendship between a fully-grown Lioness and a tiny frail Oryx calf. The lion, who has since become known by local Samburu rangers as Kamuniak adopted the calf as her own cub and raised it- letting it return to take milk from its mother.

This bizarre reversal of predator-prey relationship was dismissed by experts as a freak occurrence, and after another lion killed the calf, insisted it was a once in a lifetime occurrence.

They were wrong- and over the course of 2002, Kamuniak was to adopt 4 separate Oryx calves- and was last seen in the company of another.

For countless visitors to Kenya, this has been a chance to experience nature at its most enigmatic, unpredictable and wonderful.

Perhaps this mystery will never be solved- but in a world where peace and understanding is a precious commodity- it has shown that sometimes- peace can exist in the most remarkable, and impossible circumstances.

At this special time of year, the Kenya Tourist Board sends all of our visitors, past, present and future the very best wishes for a happy and blessed season- and for peace and goodwill to all life on earth.
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