A hair-raising leopard interaction

Image byDaniel Fincham

A hair-raising leopard interaction here at MalaMala shows the Princess Alice Pans male leopard fighting the Emsagweni female leopard over a young male impala carcass. What took place over the course of the morning and early afternoon was a series of interesting events.

The West Street male leopard was found with an impala carcass in a Natal Mahogany near West Street Bridge late in the morning. He fed on the carcass contently before the presence of the large Princess Alice Pans male scared him off the scene.  Rangers followed up that afternoon and found the Princess Alice Pans male and the carcass forty-odd meters apart. After scanning the surroundings, we noticed the Emsagweni female leopard lurking in the long grass, waiting for the perfect moment to steal a piece of the kill. As the gluttonous Princess Alice Pans male lulled in and out of deep sleep, she ran in and dragged the carcass up into the Sausage Tree. The Princess Alice Pans male reacted quickly, launching himself into the tree. The video below shows exactly what happened after that.

Image by Daniel Fincham

Image by Daniel Fincham

Image by Daniel Fincham

Image by Daniel Fincham

The loud audio of the leopard fight must have attracted the West Street male back to the action, which led to him being chased a second time. This time he out-smarted the Princess Alice Pans male by losing him in the reed bed, and returning back to the carcass where he fed for an hour before being chased off again.

Never a dull day here at MalaMala!

2 thoughts on “A hair-raising leopard interaction

  1. Proving once again that Camp Pan-Princess Alice Pans male is a bit of a gangster. He is always stealing kills from some other cat, never making his own.
    What was the Emsagweni female thinking?
    Thanks for the video of this interaction.
    Off Topic- Thanks also for updates about the Airstrip male’s eye injury and Ostrich Koppies Female. The photos of her cub were very nice. Poor Ostrich Koppies! I don’t think she’s such a bad mother- though her success rate says otherwise. She and her cubs seem to have an unfortunate talent for running into infanticidal male leopards and other predators.

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