This week’s Video Thursday is living proof of the strength and agility of Africa’s most beautiful cat – the leopard. This is a ‘cat fight’ with a difference though. It takes place in the upper branches of a tree!
The clip was captured and edited by ranger Pieter van Wyk (author of last week’s “Baby Elephant Takes its First Steps”) who was clearly in the right place at the right time, yet again.
Male leopards will often show aggression towards females who are not in estrous, as they are then pure competition as opposed to a mate. When this happens the female usually climbs the first available tree, and waits for her aggressor to lose interest (the boys are usually too lazy to climb into the tree in pursuit).
In this clip, however, there is a free meal in the tree! As we have seen time and again, when it comes to food, it is ‘each to his own’ – at whatever cost! Obvious from the lighting, the time frame over which the clip was captured is over an hour or 2, at least. 2 hours is a long time for hostility to build between two cats in such close proximity.
The branch on which the female was perched would be too thin for the male’s weight. This he knows, and she used it to her advantage.
Until ….. You’ll have to watch to see what transpires.
Happy almost-weekend folks,
The MalaMala Team.