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Inyathini 3:3 Male

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Kelsey has many fond memories of family camping trips across South Africa when she was growing up and for her, this sparked a growing love for the wilderness and opportunities to seek new adventures. Although she studied BComm Financial Management and spent five ...

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Nature can always surprise us, thanks Kelsey for sharing this encounter.

My pleasure William!

I certainly learned a number of interesting facts. First no one has ever mentioned a leopard to me, nor have I heard about the “roving” older leopard. I am sorry the turtle got eaten, but I do know the law of the jungle rules. What an interesting afternoon . Thankyou Victoria

I am glad you learnt something new and I could introduce you to the Leopard Tortoise and the Inyathini male Victoria. A sad day for the tortoise but as you say a great afternoon nonetheless.

Poor tortoise! It’s a real pity to find one and then watch as it is being crunched… anyway I’m glad to see the Iniathini male, a real symbol of resilience and still a wonderful beast. Wish him a long life

It was a rather sad day for the Tortoise but a successful meal opportunity for the Inyathini male. He was seen again recently and is still going strong!

Kelsey that was a combination sighting as you saw the leopard and the leopard tortoise together. Much to my surprise the Inyathini male eating the tortoise with the hard shell. He definitely was hungry , other wise I think he would of looked for something else to eat.

Thanks Valmai. I’m sure he must have been hungry but also willing to conserve energy and crunch through the shell for an easy meal. Leopards are often very opportunistic when it comes to hunting.

An amazing story – and Inyathini no less! Great!

Thank you Mary! He is still going strong.

Wow Kelsey…how lucky is that to not only see the old Inyathini male but for him to point you to your leopard tortoise ..just rather sad that the ‘mission of the day’ was eaten. Still if it means it gives Inyathini another day with a meal so be it. Thanks for sharing 🙏🏻❤️

Thank you Cally, it was a lucky afternoon indeed – not so much for the Tortoise but a good meal for the Inyathini male.

An amazing experience for your guest. I wonder how often, on average, guests would like to see some special animal during their stay and then in fact can see it.

Thanks Christa, anything is possible out here so you just never know!

Wow, that was a sighting for the record book – leopard eating a leopard tortoise. On the one hand I’m happy to learn the Inyathini male is still around, but surprised he took the time and effort to eat a tortoise. It just goes to show any living animal moving can be a meal( even an appetizer) for a predator. Hopefully your guest wasn’t too upset by the result of the sighting.

Thanks Denise! He sure didn’t hesitate to take the tortoise as a good meal opportunity and thankfully my guests were very happy with such a unique sighting despite the fate of the tortoise.

Kelsey, Sounds like you need to be careful what you ask for! Thanks for the update on the Inyatini Male – he looks like he’s as strong as ever, even if he showing a little wear and tear!

Wow Kelsey!! This type of coincidence, or serendipity if you like, is the stuff of nature documentaries – truly amazing!!

A sad day for the tortoise but always a happy day when a leopard gets a meal. How cool to have both sightings together!

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