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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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James Tyrrell


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 How do Leopard Cubs Learn to Hoist Kills?

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So interesting! Loved the video, I would have so enjoyed watching that in person! What looks like fun for the cub is such a valuable learning experience. Wonderful post!

Really enjoyed this short clip. Thanks James

What a fun video! Such determination! She clearly knows what to do but actually doing it is clearly a different story! Happy we got to see her effort!

Good blog. Seems young wild predators are similar to their domestic counterparts. Watch a kitten with a bird or mouse, not eating but rather employing the pounce, push and chase move. Always something to learn.

We girls used to watch our Moms cook and learn from the adults. Boys so often learn skills from their Father. It is a pattern in life. Also, as my Gran used to say to me – frequently – “Practice makes perfect, my girl!” when I was battling with a particularly difficult piece of homework or piano piece. So Young Fry Leopards also learn their skills. Lovely to see. Thank you, James!

Practice does make perfect. Loved the short video, James.

Leopards are just elusive cats. The silent predator to use a cliché. Lovely video.

I am so jealous! – what an amazing viewing that must have been. My ambition is to see a hoist – maybe on my 10th visit next September if I’m VERY lucky.

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Good story and the video is awesome.

Such a special sighting!! Leopard cubs definitely go through a LOT of trial and error experiences before they have the strength and reflexes needed to get a kill into a tree.

What percentage of kills would you say are lost because cubs drop the carcass?

So cute! The first leopard sighting I ever had was of Nkoveni when she was a cub and with her mom Mashaba. So rooting for her with this cub.

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Oh that was so adorable watching this youngster honing her climbing & stashing skills! She has a LOT to learn & mom had better give her some more lessons 🙂 Thanks James

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