“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
Another blog about the Mashaba female..surprised?! Yet again this leopard and her daughter have provided me and my guests with an absolutely incredible morning and have left me in absolute awe. For the second time in six months I have witnessed the Mashaba young female hitching a ride on her mother’s back and I felt compels to share it with you all.
It all started out early in the morning when we spotted the one-year old cub lying in a thicket. The Mashaba young female had been left the previous afternoon by her mother who was off hunting. We had planned to find the young female in the hopes that her mother would be back to fetch her and take her back to a kill. Fingers were crossed..
After about ten minutes the Mashaba young female started showing signs that she was about to move and was gazing off into a nearby thicket. Then we heard the characteristic bark of a bushbuck. The Mashaba female was close and her daughter knew it. We moved away from the young female and closer to the thicket from which the startled bushbuck’s alarm had emanated.
Then a soft contact call came from behind our vehicle and the Mashaba female emerged.
The scene that followed was incredibly special and I feel privileged to have had such an amazing morning with these two yet again.
The first series of pictures is the initial greeting:
Series settings, ISO 1250, F5.0, 1/800.
The second series of images shows the Mashaba young female hitching yet another ride on her mother’s back:
It all ended with the Mashaba female finding a small termite mound to rest against and her cub settling nearby. We left the pair to rest the morning away.
The Mashaba young female is approaching 14 months of age now and may not be with her mother for too much longer, but for the time being they continue to entertain and amaze guests, rangers and trackers alike.
I’ve absolutely loved every minute I’ve got to spend with them.