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Mashaba 3:3 Female

Mashaba 3:3 Female

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James Tyrrell

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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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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Great video. I did not think that she was going to get the kill of those thin branches.

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

Absolutely amazing. Leopards are so strong, powerful and agile. Way to go girl, fantastic save. ♥️👍

Nappysurbo
Explorer

Lucky her, cause at that moment no hyena is around

Jim Davis
Explorer

Damn

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

That was quite a save! Good job on the video, Sean. Thanks for sharing, James!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Double wow…..what footage!! Who doesn’t love the now iconic Mashaba and who wouldn’t give her a pass on a rare slip. My thoughts ran together as: look at her power/strength, hope she doesn’t fall off that flimsy branch and there are no hyenas! Sigh and exhale. What footage! Oh, I said that already…..lol.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, wonderful video. Glad it did not fall all the way to ground🤗

Michael & Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, WOW, we didn’t know anyone got that video! We were on that sighting with Finn (at the ready!) to ready to move back quickly! We thought the kill would end up on the hood of our vehicle! Amazing to see the strength of our favorite – Mashaba – as she repositioned the Impala. Watching her strategically figuring out what to do had all of us (our friends were on the other vehicle) mesmerized! Great job Finn & Sean!

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

Incredible experience for us. We were with Sean & Joy directly under the tree limb when the carcass fell. It was truly amazing watching the Mashaba “doing the math” as she tried to figure out the best way to resecure her meal. She surveyed the scene from different vantage points in the tree and also when she was on the ground looking up. The final retrieval was an incredible feat of strength.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank heavens! Victoria

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This was fascinating to read and the video was brilliant. From the sound, your guests really excited!! What a sight to witness!!

If the Mashaba has cubs, were the likely fathers the Tortoise Pan male, his father or someone else. I recall a blog reporting she had been seen mating with both father and son. Bravo if she has birthed another set of cubs.

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wow! These are sightings our still cameras never quite capture. Thanks for sharing! She was very lucky the branches were there but she still had a tough job securing it without dropping it or falling through those thinner branches herself!

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

Smart and agile female!

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

My girl is nothing if not resourceful. #mashabarules

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Interesting sighting, she’s lucky she as abe to retrieve it in the end!

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