An Unexpected Leap of Leopards – Londolozi Blog



I do know most of the tales that we write about begin with, “we got here a spherical a nook after which bang there was a Leopard” however this isn’t how this story goes to begin…

We got here across the nook after which bang there was an impala. While we considered the impala, the eagle-eye tracker Advice, put his hand as much as inform me to attend, elevating his binoculars which routinely made me do the identical. Then bang… a Leopard sitting within the shade of a Guarrie bush just a few hundred meters away.

It was late within the morning and the solar was beginning to heat every thing up, making us all placed on our sunblock. We didn’t anticipate an excessive amount of motion from this leopard, as they like to maneuver round when it’s cooler.

We determined to get just a little nearer, and upon this, we seen it was the Nhlanguleni Female. Shortly after our arrival she bought up and headed straight in a course that bought my coronary heart pumping, I’ll let you know why…

The Nhlanguleni Female walks previous the automobile. Photo was taken by guest- Austin Chen

It had been just a few weeks because the Nhlanguleni Female’s cubs had been seen and we have been unable to seek out her new den. This was why I bought excited as she was main us straight in the direction of her outdated den. I advised my company that this may very well be it. We may probably be about to see two tiny cubs. Well, I did inform them I must loosen up. I additionally wanted to attempt to breathe as a result of I used to be out of phrases with pleasure and it nonetheless was not assured that this may very well be the den.

One of the Nhlanguleni Female’s cubs on the outdated rocky den.

A couple of minutes later we arrived on the outdated den, which is a rocky space with heaps of cracks and crevices, good for the leopard cubs to cover safely in. The Nhlanguleni Female softly grunted to name her cubs out. This is once we all knew to get our cameras prepared and to get able to expertise one thing actually particular. My digital camera battery, sadly, died (which I do know a rule in pictures is to at all times have a spare) however fortunately for me, my company I used to be driving have kindly despatched me their photographs from this sighting.

Enjoy the collection of occasions that befell because the Nhlanguleni Female moved her cubs in the direction of the Sand River…

The Nhlanguleni Female with her two cubs

Taken by visitor Austin Chen. This is when she first referred to as out the cubs to the highway, they ran out from the rocky space.

The Nhlanguleni Female with her two cubs

The Nhlanguleni Female then lead the 2 cubs away from the den. They are nonetheless very playful whereas she is extra alert as she is aware of how weak they’re when they’re on the transfer like this. This picture was taken by Austin Chen

The Nhlanguleni Female's cub

They stopped midway in the direction of the Sand River in a Tamboti thicket and the 2 cubs managed to securely suckle hidden on this grove.

The Nhlanguleni Female and cub

After the 2 cubs suckled the mom lead them into the Sand River the place they leapt from rock to rock and climbed on the fallen over bushes within the southern channel of the river. This picture was taken by Austin Chen.

The Nhlanguleni Female and cub

This picture was taken by Austin Chen.

Hc 2

The Nhlanguleni Female then wanted them to try to cross the flowing river which made the 2 cubs very hesitant in regards to the risks of drowning and crocodiles. This picture was taken by Hauchen Chen.

Hc 3

The Nhlanguleni Female managed to elegantly leap throughout the flowing water onto the fallen over the log however the cub was not as sleek (or in its defence large enough to leap throughout) so it stomach-flopped into the water and managed to grip onto the rock and be part of its mom. This picture was taken by Hauchen Chen.

The Nhlanguleni Female and cub

The Nhlanguleni Female watches her cub whereas it tries to swim towards her within the Sand River. This picture was taken by Austin Chen.

The sighting ended because the three leopards disappeared into the thick riparian forest within the center channel of the Sand River.

Although I didn’t handle to get any photographs I attempted my greatest to seize them with my iPhone video.



 









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