One of my dog’s pupils are of different sizes also. They’ve been that way since she was a little puppy. The vet thinks it has to do with the way she views things, maybe near- or far-sighted in one eye only.
Like in all animals the pupil of a leopard’s eye constricts or dilates according to the amount of light that enters the eyes, with both pupils normally dilating in dim light and constricting in bright light. The eyes are the window to the soul and provide one with feelings of emotion and feeling. As a wildlife photographer, I like many others, try to capture a sparkle or glint in the eyes of the subject. The eyes of leopards are incredible and truly tell a tale – an intimate portrayal of self.
I decided to put together a piece showcasing a series of close ups of some of Londolozi’s most famous leopard’s eyes. The intention was to portray something a little different about these magnificent cats. However, in doing so I have stumbled upon an interesting issue. An issue, that I am not sure that I know the answer to! I am going to throw this one out to the readers and ask for your opinions. Have a look at what we uncovered…
So far all is well. Now have a look at the next two leopards…
Maxabeni 3:2 Young Male and the Vomba Female
Look closely and you will notice how the most recent pictures show that the pupils of both these leopard’s are different sizes.
Once I had noticed this I have started paying close attention to the eyes of the various leopards we encounter. So far I have only noticed this anomaly in these two individuals. I can assure you that it is not the light or the angle that the photograph is taken. Their pupils truly are different sizes. So the question is why is this so, what is wrong and why has this become more pronounced as they age? The Maxabeni Young Male is a four year old so it can’t be age. Is it due to a fight, a wound or a growth? Is this impeding their eye sight and thus their hunting ability?
I tried ‘googling’ the question and managed to get lots of hits, all based on domestic cats, on an issue diagnosed as Anisocoria. Now, I am out of my depth here and am hoping that if we have any veterinarians or ophthalmologists reading this, they may be so kind as to shed some light on this issue.
Let me know your thoughts on whether you know anything on this subject…
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister
Filed under Wildlife
Thank you sarah for your thoughts. Whatever the reason may be it is fascinating and going forward I will watch these 2 individuals very carefully, especially at night!