Wildlife: Snarling Leopards

27th August 2013
I found this yearling female leopard when she had just killed a baboon. We kept well back as their adrenalin levels are very high at such a time, and their behaviour unpredictable. However her mother, an old female, was not so cautious and began to approach the carcass while the youngster was standing over it. Whether she was hoping to share, or to take it back in repayment for all the times she fed her daughter, she misjudged the situation and was presented with this response:

Later that day, we found another male who was resting in a tree nearby a tree where he'd stashed his kill. When it began to get dark, hyaenas appeared all around and he descended the tree and began an extended face off! It was clear how he felt about the scavengers' presence!

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