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Sean Cresswell

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on Leopard Update: The Ever Tenacious Tamboti Young Female

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Brian C
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Great post! Tamboti young female has been a lot of fun to follow. At a very young age she attempted to steal a kill from wild dogs (she succeeded!) and has brawled with the big Piva male, knocking him out of that tree (great video). She is a charismatic, beautiful young leopard. If she starts mating, that will not go down well with her mother. Looking forward to see her claim a territory of her own in the next year.

David
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I love this leopard, we saw her when she was just 18 months old. Sean, I know she has 3 spots on her left, how many spots does she have on her right?

Sean Cresswell
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Hi David, thanks for the comment. The Tamboti young female has a beautifully unique spot pattern and an easily recognisable one… If looking front-on to her right cheek, from left-to-right she has two prominent individual spots quite close together, and then noticeably spaced away (closer to her nose) is a clear triangle of three spots, two on the bottom and one smaller one on top. Thus she has a clear 5:3 pattern, consisting of that clear triangle. Good question.

Jill Grady
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Great update on the Tamboti Young female and beautiful pictures Sean. She is one of my favourite leopards and I was fortunate to spend some time watching her and her mother one afternoon in Sept. 2013 when she was about the age of Mashaba’s little cub now. I loved her mischievous nature and smiled as she knocked the Impala kill out of the tree that her mother had just hoisted up the tree. Tamboti gave her cub a reprimanding snarl and then gracefully hoisted it back up the tree again. I’m so happy that she has survived to independence and is thriving on her own.

MJ
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In the Djuma area is a leopard named Karula, she was born in March 2004. In December of 2006, just short of her 3rd birthday she gave birth to her first litter of 2 cubs, now known as Thandi and Shadow.. While it is uncommon it would not be unheard of for the Tamboti young female to mate at this young age.. She, the Tamboti female is a beautiful leopard.. Thank you for sharing

Wendy Hawkins
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Wonderful Sean, she has grown up to be a real beauty! I wish you a long healthy safe life <3

Johan Snyder
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Has she been named yet?

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