It is sad. I saw a post earlier this morning that a male leopard killed two cubs. I thought it was one the resident male leopards. Is this young leopard new to the area? Is it because the lioness is alone that she could not defend the cubs?
The dream had to end sometime.
We don’t want to start everyone’s week off with bad news, but yesterday we received reports that the Tsalala lioness’s cubs had been attacked by a male leopard, with at least one confirmed as killed.
A skittish male leopard has been reported as hanging around the lower reaches of the Manyelethi River, and is suspected of being the culprit.
The good news is that the lioness was subsequently seen in the Sand River, with one cub trotting alongside.
As much of a fairytale as this was turning out to be, the reality of the bush is something altogether different, and the odds were always likely to catch up with the female and her cubs in the end. The remaining cub is reported as being female, so hope remains for the future of the pride…
Most of the events out here we don’t even witness, so intervening wouldn’t be an option anyway. But yes, it can be tough watching sad events unfold while just watching…