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Kirst Joscelyne


At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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on Suspense As A Leopard Cub Practices Valuable Skills

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Senior Digital Ranger

Glad the little guy made it. Lovely pictures-thanks for sharing!

With pleasure Marc, glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

Kirst, The suspense and anxious feelings we got from your story were real and we were not even there with you! Pulses were racing and we were hopeful the story would end well – thanks for the ride!

Marvelous description. Having seen a very similar situation with Matt and Terrence last week, I can attest to the fact that no one breathes when a cub is trying to best a hyena.

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Beautifully written and the pictures are superb. I imagine if any cub has a chance to adulthood it will be this one. Wow!

Oh my goodness! I would also have been holding my breath but it’s brilliant that the cub reacted this way.

The Nkoveni female is a great mum and she can’t be always on the edge… but in this case you surely were! It’s much better this way the hyena having its scraps and the cub surviving … lovely pictures !

How exhilarating that experience was to watch that little cub move so quickly, quietly, and make it to his mom in the tree, without waking the hyena. That surely shows that he has learned some good lessons to be able to escape that kind of danger. Very relieved that he made it up that tree and safe with his mom.

Talk about holding your breath! Congratulations to the mother and the cub!! 💕Victoria

I am happy that the cub arrived safely at his mother‘s side. Life and death are indeed dreadfully close to each other. Not only in the bush and the animal world, but in human lives as well. So it‘s great that the little one made it.

Wow! What a sighting and what an adventure for the little cub. Thanks for this intimate look into the lives of the leopards of Londolozi.

Certainly an adventure for us as well! Glad you enjoyed this blog!

Whoa, that had to have been heartstopping as the cub made its way to the tree. Seems this could be another example of learned behavior or instinctual. How did the cub know it could carefully walk the 15metres without awaking the hyena or alert its sibling or mother. One move, one sound could mean death. I like to believe it’s a bit of both.
Great photos!!

Must be a mix of both! It really was rather wonderful to witness!

Just reading this I found myself holding my breath. That little cub has learned well and I am so glad that all ended happily. I think you are right Kirst, that Mum played sleeping so as not to alert the hyena. Thank you very much fir sharing with us.

With pleasure Leonie it certainly was a gripping experience !

Great account and photos! Any chance the blog could do an update on the various leopards or the Mashaba Female and her relatives at some point?

Thank you for the suggestion Michael!

Unsure if you had read the blog posted a while ago titled ‘The Mashaba, Nkoveni and Ximungwe females current family dynamics’

What an incredible scene to have witnessed Kirst ! I have to say as your story unfolded I was rooted to my chair, thousands of miles away from Londolozi, yet filled with that same suspense and fear for the outcome ! What relief, what a story 🙏🏻. Thanks so much for sharing this ❤️

You have an alternative career as a short story author! Geat re-creation!

Reading your blog and looking at the beautiful photos made me very hold my breath and gave me the shivers. It was as if I was there with you.. What a relief the cub made it. 🙏

Truly a suspenseful read!
When cub made it onto the bow of the tree and gave that little pant..whew, I made it! 💗

Wow, what a post, and what marvellous photos. I was on the edge of my seat reading this, and rushing through it for the outcome. Such a wonderful, happy ending! That cub is pretty smart!

Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, What a courageous and skilful little cub.. I can’t imagine how exhausted you all were when you returned to the lodge. Thank you for sharing

What a fantastic sighting and story! I would have been holding my breath and extremely anxious, but in the end the cub knew what to do, and had an incredible chance to practice these life-saving skills! Whew! Glad that it ended well!

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