Theme song: All I Need by Radiohead. Listen to an incredible version here.
In all my years watching and working with wildlife, I have never seen an animal stop eating to take a drink. Drinking is an event in itself. And it’s fascinating. Watch the lion in the above video. He spends a good 30 seconds swallowing water. (And it’s so cool the way he just glances at us in the truck, while the cameras are clicking away.)
It makes sense that a trip to the water hole is an entirely different excursion than hunting or gathering your food. What naturally follows is that our bodies just seem to work better if we don’t mix up the two processes. Even Ayurvedic medicine recommends not drinking while eating- read about it here.