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How Not to Wake up a Female Leopard

We often hear the saying that we should let sleeping dogs lie, but we never hear the same being said about leopards. After this video, maybe we should change that…

Pieter van Wyk, a 34-year-old game ranger in Mala Mala Game Reserve was in awe when he, along with a guest, witnessed this spectacular sighting of a leopard stalking and eventually attacking a leopardess. He excitedly sent the footage through to, elaborating how it is always an amazing experience to see just how stealthy a leopard can be! And how fast!

‘We had just left camp on our afternoon safari. We’d viewed a lioness with four cubs close to our camp before moving off to follow up on a female leopard that had been found with a kill in the morning. When we approached the area of the female, we saw a male leopard walking towards the female! After a while, he had finally spotted the female…’

‘Initially, we felt a collective feeling of excitement, seeing two adult leopards in the same sighting. Then it got rather humorous’ he went on to explain.

‘The female had been watching the male and then decided to take a nap. He then started stalking towards her as if she had not seen him, inching closer, and closer… The suspense grew as he got nearer to her, and she was seemingly unaware’

As witnessed in the video, the leopardess got quite a fright upon her rude awakening. He went on to tell how ‘after being chased up the tree, the female watched the male move towards her kill. She eventually descended from the tree and moved off. It later became clear that there wasn’t much left of the kill, certainly not enough worth defending or hanging around over’


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For closing comments, he wanted to say that we must ‘appreciate the leopard for what it is. A finely tuned predator’. And after seeing the contents in the video, it is clear that that statement is not something that can be debated!

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