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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Have You Ever Seen a Leopard Doing This Before?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is actually not strange as nothing in nature ever go to waste.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Now that is unusual, perhaps it recognised it as protein or was simply thirsyy.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This is a first for me, seeing a leopard take advantage of a lactating kill. That was a great video. I would guess that leopards are always watching out for their next opportunity and when one presents itself, they go all in – milk seeming to be the perfect appetizer!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Ok, that’s the first time I’ve heard of that happening!! These cats always surprise me!!

Stan Watson

Regarding the Makomsava female lapping milk from the body of the nyala ewe, I have never seen anything to compare with that scene. I live in an urban setting in California. A few weeks ago I did notice a raptor (a hawk of what particular variety I am uncertain), gathering material for a nest in a small park close by. Today I witnessed this bird in the “raptor shielding its prey pose” on the lawn right outside my font door. As a family of neighbors approached the raptor flew off with its catch which appeared to be a mouse. Amazing! I know… I know, comparing a hawk with a mouse to a lion bringing down a zebra, two different things. However for us urbanites, we take Nature as we find it.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Stan Nature is Nature, and is fascinating in any shape or form!

Thanks for the comments!

Ididy Makovich

Not a normal behavior from predators..But because they are cats, that kind of behavior can be exceptional….

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Hello James. I somehow missed the naming of the Makpmsava female. When did this occur? She holds a special spot for me as I believe nick and I were among the first to see her and her brother emerge from the den.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Al,
It wasn’t officially announced, so don’t worry, you didn’t miss it.
I remember you definitely being among the first! She’s alive and well and still roaming the Manyelethi.
When are you back in town?

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

I’m booked for 8 nights in second half of September. Not sure I can make it to SA before then. All the best.

Alessandra Cuccato
Digital Ranger

What does Makomsava mean?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Alessandra.

“Mother Earth”; it’s the name of a road in the north of the property that runs through a beautiful Leadwood forest where we regularly encounter this female…

It’s certainly a special thing to witness and since this leopard is a young leopard she might even have remembered what milk tastes like. But although I know that nature is hard I still feel for the nyala and for her calf. Because she was still lactating there’s probably a motherless calf out there which is likely not to survive.

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