The monkey was a point of curiosity for the young leopard who, at seven months, was more than aware of inklings and urges of predatory behavior. He may not have been accomplished but he was enthusiastic nonetheless and prone to enjoying himself. The serious moment of acquiring his prey had fallen privy to the enjoyment of a playing with this new acquaintance.
The greatest lessons that this leopard learns are through playing. Rampant energy embroiled in each leap from the branches, the hushed creation of silent stalking and the seizing sensation of taking another life. In this playful innocence, learning is without judgement, prejudice or baggage. Learning is the acute presence of the animal that enables it to be. The senses are open and receptive. The body is lean and agile. The mind is sharp and clear. The learning is profound and intangible. The result is progression in life.
This leopard cub may master its environment, the competition it faces, the animals it hunts and the challenges it presents. Yet unless it is able to master itself, its true ability will remain lost in these inane moments which hold the greatest lessons.
Written by: Rich Laburn
Filmed by: Brett Wallington
Photographed by: Adam Bannister