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on Male Leopard Raids African Fish Eagle Nest

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Rowena Lafferty
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To have reached this age, this leopard probably has a host of odd practices. He certainly is climber extaordinary. Thank you for sharing this story.

patti
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Thanks for the amazing incredible experiences at Londolzi!! I just returned home to the States and miss you all already! I can’t wait to return there someday soon. What a magical place!
Patti

Margarita Doychinova
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Exiting!!!!

Greg Gillings
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Hi Adam
We witnessed a very similar account in the TImbavati, it was a female about 19 months old, also climed to the top of a no thorn, and ate a chick….

Adam Bannister
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Hey Greg. Awesome. Do you recall what type of chick it was?

Linda
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Way to go Grampa.

Joyce Boydstun
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What amazing footage……actually held my breathe on his trek down the tree! He is a gorgeous old man!!

Tammy Perger
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Hi Adam,

Absoutely Stunning Male….His Features are incredible & like you I will probablly always remember his Handsome face….The knowledge in those eyes are incredible!!

Thank you,

Syl
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Quite the old boy! Glad you caught the special moments.

Raviraj Pawar
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Wow!!! Amazing pics. Very sharp and clear and real, specially the one with the leopard standing in the riverbed. Wonderful.

Thank you. 🙂

Lyn
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Adam I have never read anything of this behaviour before!! A first for me. Thanks for sharing. The video was amazing and well worth the *wait*, impatient as I was 🙂 When I saw him on the Wildearth camera on Nov 10 2011 he appeared to have a swelling on the right jaw at the back. It looks now as if that has gone: bad tooth, infection ???? I have several pictures if you are interested. He also looked quite thin then but appears to have put on some weight, unless that was the effect of two fisheagle chicks

Lyn
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PS I do like the name *Old Boy* – in my mind shows affection/admiration/respect. Is there a Shangaan word for *Old Boy*, something like ??? medala???

Tammy Perger
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Hi Lyn,

I tried looking up that word for Old boy as was unable to find anything that refers to Medala, but I did find a word in the Shangaan language that means Identity & Honour & the word for that is “Layani”

I actually think this would be very suitable for this Handsome Male…But I do agree I like “Old Boy”

Adam what are your thoughts??

Adam Bannister
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Long live ‘Old Boy’ 🙂

kiki
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Tammy, I’ve been looking for a Shangaan dictionary. Can I ask where you found a place to look this up? – Kiki

Greg
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Hi Adam
Also a fish eagle ! Tree looks about a similar height

Rae
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Wow. Wow. Wow.

Claire-M. Lepage
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Thank you Adam, it was worth waiting … I particularly appreciate the emotions in your blog and the last photo significance. Even if he ever get identified, I wish the name “Old Boy” or Medala as suggested by Lyn, will stay between us.

In just one year or so, the amount of “new” behaviours in the world of Leopards is incredible … just think of seeing Yambilu-Jordaan “babysitting” his last cubs, Xivindzi and Xivambalana, in the company of his older son, Induna … then all those threesome matings of Tingana male … etc.

Is this because you, rangers, are telling and sharing more and more about your experiences with leopards? Is this because there is an new awareness of the life of the “elusive leopard” that is now permitted by the internet? …

Maybe someday Someone will come up with the news that “Old Boy” has passed away, and we will sit and tell when, where, with whom we were with, when we first saw Him or heard about Him.

Claire-M.

Adam Bannister
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Wonderful Claire 🙂

Abby Maquera
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Hi Adam,

Is this the male you saw? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2661395099891&set=o.131484664465&type=3&theater
I think he is known as Mafufunyane or Jordaan at Sabi Sands (but I’m not sure). Have a look and tell me what you think!

Abby Maquera

Claire-M. Lepage
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Abby, it is the same leopard, but he is not Mafufunyane nor Jordaan.

Arden Zalman
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The old boys still are still the best boys.

ThelmaALeman
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LET’S COMPARE THE WHISKERS LINES ABBY…

Merle
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Why didn’t the parents try to fight off the leopard…at least try to knock him off the high perch, distract him, make him lose his balance?

Anna
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Amazing Adam! you really capture the greater moments here!

MJ Bradley
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His sighting at Gowrie in 2011 by Tara, Seb and Eugene was confusing, because Tara was sure it was Mufufunyane but then started questioning it because his color was too light.. this leopard was there with the cubs Xivambalana and Xivindzi, but the cubs kept their distance.. Muf came along and chased the old guy and then went on his way.. the old guy was said to have been the Marthly male, not the one know as Tyson but the old Marthly Male.. There is a video of his sighting at Gowrie.
I started calling him Pilgrim after that but Old Boy is just perfect.
Thank you for the amazing story and the video.. I hope he can eek out a life for himself for a while longer. Wish he could tell us of his journeys
And it was definately worth waiting for this story

Anil Bakshi
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One Mr Arin Ghosh raised this query? ……. Unknown indeed. Leopards are known to take their terrestrial kills up on a tree and eat / hide there. Never heard that they would be arboreal hunters as well. Is this an aberration or an emerging behavior? Someone need to investigate.

Could some throw light on this?

thnx

TED SWINDON
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HI ADAM,
IT WAS GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN LAST WEEK! I HEARD ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE SIGHTING WHEN I WAS THERE AND WAS HOPING THAT YOU WOULD PUT UP A POSTING. THANKS FOR SHARING THE STORY AND THE PICTURES WITH US ALL. IT IS A TRULY AMAZING SIGHTING, SO LONG MAY HE STILL LIVE!
THANKS.
KIND REGARDS,
TED.

Grant Atkinson
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Hi Adam
Interesting story you have told here. I photographed a young and very healthy male leopard, perhaps between 2 and 2.5 years old, climb a jackalberry tree that I also estimated to be 25m plus in height, and feed on the single chick of a whitebacked vulture pair, in August 2010, at Chitabe in the Okavango Delta. The images and story were published in Africa Birds and Birding magazine not too long after that.
regards
Grant

Jo Lynne Jones
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Adam, This goes along with what Fred and I had been discussing this weekend in relationship to the American Eagle breast stroke You Tube piece. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.
Basically, we tend to limit a species’ behavior to what we have commonly observed. We need to take into account that they have an intelligence that goes beyond what they have been taught about hunting – and improvise.
The fact that we can now record unusual behavior and post it for the world to see will start stretching what we consider normal behavior in many species. The posts here show that these things are no longer isolated incidents. Look forward to seeing you in May!

Adam Bannister
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Thanks for the wonderful comment. You are 100 % about how with each day we are opening up our minds about what is considered the ‘norm’

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