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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 Anderson Male Leopard Loses an Eye

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Mike Ryan
Explorer

wow 4 years of tracking hope he is OK still on the list we hope to see him at New Year

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! It look terrible. Probably because it is a recent injury. What is the chance of getting infected? He will most likely lick his paw and rub the eye socket. The saliva does help to heal the wound. (That is what my vet tells me when my cats get an injury.)

Gillian Evans
Explorer

I’m shocked! Having seen the huge Anderson male in his prime with those enormous luminous pale yellow eyes that were so distinctive – this is a terrible sight to see. I do hope he will adjust to his new restricted vision. Never a dull moment on a Londolozi game drive!

Lisa Hilger
Explorer

Wow!! A sighting with Thamba and Anderson is exciting enough but to see Anderson in that state – shocking. Hope you are right, James, and Anderson quickly adapts to his new one-eyed life without too much stress. He’s a brute of a male and the longer he has the ability to pass on his genes, the better! As always, just amazing photography!

I really hate to hear this. However, there have been many leopards who have done well with one eye. There are several females. Still, his eyes were mesmerizing…

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Shocking but not surprising to see this. Perils of bush life….. hopefully he’ll recover and resume his powerful hunting regime. Great photos!!

Abraham Farrell
Digital Ranger

I’m very sorry to see that this magnificent animal has suffered such an unfortunate injury.
Let’s hope it will not negatively affect him in the long term. Can anyone confirm the the Thamba male leopard is OK?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Abraham,
The Anderson male lay on the carcass all through the day and into the night, not letting the younger male down from the tree.
I know the Anderson male was found this morning quite far from the scene, but I haven’t hear any updates on the Thamba male. In all likelihood he’s fine. He seemed uninjured in the sighting itself.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Shame this poor guy certainly looks very sorry for himself, but nature has an amazing way of healing, but alas in his case he has no sight in that eye, but hope it won’t get infected! Thanks James

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Being a medical person, my first reaction was regarding a possible infection. The photo of the empty socket was shocking. Hopefully he will be able to feed after adjusting to one eye, as you said James. Human or animal, a injury of that extent is extremely painful! We are all cheering him on and would appreciate updates when able.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

James, What a sight! Very sad for such a handsome male leopard. Hope he recovers well and can still be the force that he is! We may have missed it, but who is the Thamba male?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Michael,
We haven’t put anything out about him yet but he’s related to the Hosana male; also came in from the North.
We’ll run a feature on him soon if he sticks around.

Abraham Farrell
Digital Ranger

The Thamba male leopard is a two year old dispersal leopard, who was born on the Djuma reserve in July of 2016. His mother is The Thandi female leopard, who who currently hold a territory on part of the Djuma reserve. They were the leopards featured in that very unusual sighting with the Eagle and the Black Mamba.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Thanks Abraham! I think it’s great the way that most of the surrounding lodges and ranger teams share data. It is so interesting to follow the lineage of these amazing creatures!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a shocker – and the Anderson males’s eyes are such a striking, mesmerizing feature. I hope he can adjust and continue to hunt and maintain his dominance.

Cynthia House
Explorer

It’s seems particularly sad that this magnificent leopard should lose one of his truly distinctive eyes……I guess there will be no mistaking him for any other now. I’m guessing he’ll just get on with his life like all animals do.

John McCabe
Explorer

Will he have to change his hunting methods? Will it inhibit his choice of prey?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi John,
Good question, and he may well. As you can imagine, losing an eye will impact his depth perception massively.
I suspect he will scavenge more than normal, but as to his actual hunting, I don’t know what specific adaptations he will make/be forced into.
We’ll have to wait and see…

John McCabe
Explorer

Thanks James.
I guess more conflict with Hyaenas if that’s the case

Phil Schultz
Explorer

My understanding is that the Anderson male is the dominant male leopard in Londolozi and surrounding areas. Got a brief glimpse of him in the Sand River (very elusive, stealth leopard). Should this injury end his reign, which male would be most likely to ascend to be the dominant male in the area?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Phil.
There are 3 or four males dominant over the whole area, with the Anderson male controlling only the north-western parts of the reserve.
I don’t think this will end his reign, but if anything were to happen to him, I imagine the Flat Rock male would push up from the south and the Senegal Bush male from the East, but from the north and west, I’m not sure; I don’t know much about the males on the far side of his territory outside Londolozi.
Best regards

Reynaldo Leite
Explorer

First time I saw a big cat one eye blinded was in 2012, in Pantanal Brazilian Wetlands: a male jaguar. Than I thought: “poor jaguar, we will not survive with this injury”. Sometime later I saw this in internet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu1by5-BpTA
It was him! He is now between 10-12 years old, and is still one the best hunters of the region. I got a picture of him last week, and he stills strong and health. So, yes, I believe this Leopard can adapt and still hunting.

Iren Juppa
Explorer

It seems to me that the Anderson’s wounded eye remained there.
???

Brian Love
Explorer

One of the most famous male Jaguars in the Pantanal only has one eye and has no problem thriving! This is an article but I have also seen photo’s of him with a caiman kill on a site I post my wildlife photo’s on. No reason to think Mr Anderson will not adapt just as well http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2719910/Incredible-moment-caiman-caught-one-eyed-jaguar-sneaking-water.html

Colleen Bekker
Digital Ranger

Hi James. So happy to report that Anderson’s eye is still there despite being extremely traumatized! Will try and post pic.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Colleen,
Great meeting you yesterday and thanks for the update. I’ll be sure to run something on the blog this week.
Hope you got to see the dogs!
Best regards

Colleen Bekker
Digital Ranger

We did James! They were just awesome. Did you get the pic?

James,

I was there with Squiver when the Anderson male first appeared with an eye injury. My photos both in the tree and then the next day when he stole another kill suggested that he hadn’t lost the eye and that the injury was likely due to a kick. His right cheekbone looked like it had been pushed up and out and there was another relatively minor cut on his forehead. My guess was that he had been kicked by his potential meal. We didn’t see him after those two encounters. I would be very appreciative if you could relay any information on whether he did lose the eye or if he recovered. Thanks.

Rich

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Richard,

He thankfully still has the eye, is in good health and has pretty much made a full recovery.
See below:

http://blog.londolozi.com/2018/08/13/male-leopard-almost-blinded/
Thanks for the comments.

Best regards

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