Over the past few months we have been allowed a look into the very secretive and special relationship that exists between a female leopard and her cub. Much to the dismay of many guests and staff, we reported on the death of this cub a week ago and it has been amazing to see the outpouring of sadness and love for this little creature since then.We know that this is nature’s way and a fact that must be accepted but what has really struck me is the huge impact this young animal managed to have on so many people around the world in its three short months with us.
It seems this cub had an energy that was so wholesome and infectious that it managed to ravel everyone who met him in it. Guests who had been privileged enough to see it or who had just spent time with me even trying to track it, would email and ask for updates on his life and it was amazing to see the ripple effect he had.
It seems that through the eyes of a cub, the world is mysterious and full of promise. He carried with him an absence of fear, an air of innate mattering and a complete lack of insecurity that was impossible to resist.
What it taught us is that life is not about how long one lives, but what you do with it while you’re here that counts. This cub would never have known it but it managed to live an incredibly generous life, giving huge joy to everyone who came across it. It seems this small cub unknowingly taught us what it means to have lead a truly ‘successful’ life.
For those of you who didn’t get to meet the Nanga cub, have a look at the footage of him interacting with his mother below. In a few short minutes you’ll understand why it is that this cub is already one of Londolozi’s most loved.
The Nanga female was born to the Nyelethi 4:4 female in 2009 as part of a litter of three.
Written, Filmed & Photographed by: Amy Attenborough (Londolozi Field Guide)