We’ve starred in this movie before, so don’t want to make too bold a claim.
The Hukumuri male, a newcomer to the northern regions of Londolozi, has received an injury to his right eye that looks pretty serious, but the true extent of it we probably won’t be able to state for sure for at least a few weeks:
Many of you will remember the Anderson male’s injured eye from last winter. It looked so bad when he was first viewed with it that we were sure he had lost the eye, which I stated in a post at the time. I was wrong, as he happily made a full recovery:
Eyes are such important and sensitive organs that even slight injuries can look dramatically worse than they actually are. We wince if any other creature or person looks like they have sustained eye-damage as both consciously and sub-consciously we are aware of the implications of a severe injury to an eyeball.
In the wild in particular, with no hospitals or medicine available, animals are remarkably resilient, and we have seen many predators make full recoveries from apparently life-threatening injuries, be they to limbs, body or head. We only have to cite a case like than Anderson male’s above, in which the damage looked so bad we couldn’t even see his eyeball, even though it was still there.
The Tu Tones male of a few years ago also sustained an injury to his eye, in which a membrane was pulled across it, making things seem worse than they really were. This may well be the case with the Hukumuri male’s eye (see picture below). The area surrounding the socket doesn’t look badly damaged, only a little swollen but not being a vet and having been wrong before, I’m going to withhold a call on this one. And if I’m completely honest, I still haven’t seen this male! I’m only going on the se photos of Ranger Alex Jordan.
Reports are that the Anderson male has also been scuffed up, and given that these =males seem to be competing for territory, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that they got injured in a scrap with each other, although no one to my knowledge has actually witnessed them in a fight.
We’ll monitor the Hukumuri male’s condition over the next few weeks and months, and will hopefully be able to report positive progress…
Large Male leopard that originated in the Kruger National Park, spent time in the north.