In the early morning mist a stifled distress call of an impala ewe echoed through the dry bush signaling her demise.  The slender female leopard dragged it for a few hundred meters to a small rocky outcrop.  She grunted once before her small offspring emerged from the rocks to join her.

Nyeleti Female and Male Cub

Nyeleti Female and Male Cub

She had provided for the young male once again, but things would eventually change.  With every bite, rip and wrench the cub was taking his own small steps to independence.  His body was growing bigger and his mind was getting sharper.  He had long since begun the journey of his own one life.

As Buddha so profoundly put, “No one saves us but ourselves.  No one can and no one may.  We ourselves must walk the path.”  Perhaps this young leopard will grow up quickly, perhaps he will suffer the same innocent fate as others before him.  If he does live, however, he will be the master of his own destiny.  No one will have saved him but himself.  No one will have walked his path.  No one would have chosen to live his life but he.

Nyeleti Female's Male Leopard Cub

The Young Male Leopard

This leopard has one life.  Though it is still an early, misty morning in his life, it is the character of the animal and the strength of his will that determines whether he walks his own path or perishes. The Londolozi family will continue to watch with admiration and awe nonetheless.

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Rich Laburn

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Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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Greg
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Great footage, are the three cubs still alive? If so they must be providing exceptional viewing.

richard

The cubs are all still alive. Its obviously a critical time as they are still so young, however they seem to be gaining confidence daily. The viewing is indeed very good. I will keep you posted as to their movements in the weeks and months ahead. Watch out for a video of the Campan male coming out later this week, which was filmed yesterday.

Greg
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Hi Rich,
Thank look forward to seeing it.

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