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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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on Never Before Recorded Footage Of a Male Leopard Carrying a Cub

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Incredible. It is amazing that the little cub is still alive. The wildlife sightings at Londolizi never seize to amaze. It is now better than ever.

Kristin Boggs
Explorer

Fascinating footage! Any guess what may have happened had the mother not shown up so quickly?

Another wondrous and mysterious Londolozi observance stamped with Nature’s Questionmark! Holding our breath yet again!!

Sam Lovett
Explorer

Thank you so much Pete Thorpe

Wow it is good that the leopard cub didn’t get killed, Phew (as far as you know)

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

WOW!! That is fascinating. Can I ask did you personally record that interaction? FABULOUS!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Why should the male kill a cub that’s his own offspring? Perhaps he is acting in a paternal way, maybe sharing his odour with the cub, especially in a high leopard-dense area… Anyway it is an incredible video and I’m thrilled of it. I have always tried not to stereotype animals behaviour. Great!

Marc Grawunder
Explorer

Wow,that is just amazing footage! Hope the cub is safe.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Remarkable! – whatever next? Is this the 1st time she’s only had 1 cub; she seemed over the last few years to be specialising in triplets.

Lisa Antell
Explorer

Oh gosh I sure hope the cub is OK. So amazing that Kunyuma was so involved. But him carrying the cub away again is concerning. Poor Mashaba.

Incredible events and sightings are happening during the Covid 19 confinement… Wild dogs, honey badger, cape otter, leopard male & cub, and more, are creating incredible stories. Enjoy my ranger friends! you do deserve it. But I start wondering whether you are REALLY looking forward to see us back at Londolozi !!!

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

Whoa, this is absolutely amazing. Seriously hope all is well with the little cub, fingers crossed, the little one is so young. Thank you so much for uploading and hopefully we will see them again. 👍💞

Chelsea Allard
Senior Digital Ranger

Fascinating! I hope he’s more interested in helping to raise it (how cool would that be?) and doesn’t kill it. Stranger things have happened.

Barbi Evenson
Explorer

Ohhhh no! Another gripping story… amazing behavior… praying!

Auriel Thorpe
Explorer

Amazing footage – another interesting and heart wrenching story! I so hope the outcome is positive and that the cub is still alive.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Incredible footage! I hope that the story has, ultimately, a happy ending. I know you’ll keep us posted!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What a report on these sightings! Unbelievable to see the Senegal Bush male carrying the cub- I’ve never seen this in any of the documentaries I’ve watched over the years. It seems if he was aggressive he would have killed the cub immediately….. giving us cause to believe he possesses a paternal side. I can only hope his fascination with this little fluff ball does/did not lead to the jaws of death. I’ll be waiting for the update!!

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Amazing footage!!! Frightening though that the mother reacted so violently the last time he had taken the cub from the den. I fear the cub may be gone. He or she cannot survive long without feeding. Keep us updated.

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Luckily the Mashaba female was two minutes behind the male. Hopefully she would have caught up with him and retrieved the cub again. We are trying to stay optimistic at this stage, but haven’t had any answers yet.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

I will try to be optimistic too, but I do have strong doubts. The Senegal Bush make was acting very strangely!

Cyndy Beardsley
Explorer

Wow! That was amazing! Thank you

Kara Taylor
Senior Digital Ranger

That is very interesting behaviour from the Senegal Bush Male. Let’s hope he didn’t do any harm to the cub.

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

I wonder what the motivation behind Kunyuma/Senegal Bush Male moving the cub was? I would think that him not instantly killing the cub is a good sign, but it’s confusing as to what his intentions may have been

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

We are equally confused, Michael. Only time will tell really!

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, incredible video. Please keep us posted as to the outcome, if possible!

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Thanks. We definitely will, Paul.

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Hope the cub is somewhere safe with the Mashaba female!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Pete, This is just incredible. We know how males can be so deadly to cubs unless they “think” they are theirs. It seems that if he wanted to kill the cub, he could have done it easily. Mashaba’s “quick slash” was impressive! We’ve seen her in action before and she is clearly respected by Senegal! We pray that Mashaba gets to see this cub through. Maybe Senegal will help protect mom and cub? No telling how many more litters Mashaba will have…. We look forward to more updates!

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

The Mashaba female has been rather productive on the cub front in her time. It seems Senegal Bush has been spending an unusual amount of time in the vicinity of the den without having killed the cub (that we know of). Fascinating times…

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

what an incredible thing to see!! who knew male leopards had paternal instincts. Gives you goosebumps!! Victoria

Dianne Riddel
Explorer

great reporting 👏 ..very interesting. Being part of Londolizi productions in the early years, I found the leopards especially the Mother Leopard fascinating to watch and document…this is certainly strange and interesting behaviour from the male. will be interesting to watch what happens in the future.

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Thanks Dianne.

The Tortoise Pan male and The Ndzanzeni female are the two surviving descendants of the Mother Leopard. We haven’t seen much of them, but following these lineages is really quite fascinating. Look out for a story involving three generations of leopard plus others all in one sighting coming out soon.

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