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Three Rivers 2:2 Female

Three Rivers 2:2 Female

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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on Virtual Safari: Ultimate Game Drive Highlights #118

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Debra Matott
Explorer

Oh, wow, the best sighting yet for me! The cub is hilarious! I especially loved it when he was spinning around to get it tail and looked a little dizzy at the end. Then at the end of the video when he holding his tail like he doesn’t realize it’s attached to him! Thank you for brightening my morning!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Debra. It was such a fantastic sighting, if only they had hung around a little longer and we were not getting so wet.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

This was such a delight to watch. What a great start to my Sunday morning. He must have been in sensory overload. It reminded me of my cat’s younger years when she would stand on the edge of the bathtub and splash in the water, while hiding in the shower curtain. I always hoped she’d fall in so I could laugh at her, but she never did.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

You are most welcome, Chelsea. It was such an entertaining morning with the playful young leopard.

Sally Stevens-Taylor
Digital Ranger

Lovely waking-up video here in the hot desert SW of US! Silly kitten eating your tail! Thank you!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

You are most welcome, Sally.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Lovely play. Tigers love water as well, so cats do have a link with it…………… I suppose just not all of them 🙂

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I have seen and heard of tigers swimming and playing in the water but never a leopard having this much fun in a waterhole.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

True! It is not well documented, but it would be great to see if it happens more often, also in Inda and other places…………

Linda Horodas
Explorer

Priceless!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Linda.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Sean, definitely one of the best leopard sightings I’ve seen! I laughed and laughed, especially towards the end when he was chasing his tail, around and around. Normally, it seems big cats avoid water, save for tigers but perhaps juvenile leopards don’t know this. Hopefully other rangers and their guests had the opportunity to witness this playtime in spite of the rain. Definitely worth getting wet.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It really was a fantastic sighting. I have a feeling it was because the leopards were already wet from the incessant rain that the playfulness of the young male got the better of him and he could resist the water.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

This is really an amazing and extraordinary video, Sean. The Three Rivers young male seems to have the right name, as he enjoys water so much. I guess that this is not too common in cats, is it? Anyway , its greatly entertaining.
Two questions: It is also uncommon that you still have rain at this time of the year, isn’t it?
And: Would it be possible to join you in your car as a single guest? You seem to have the most amazing sightings of all the guides at Londolozi.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. It was such a fantastic sighting. It is not common to see leopards play in the water like this young male is, however, as a number of people have mentioned in their comments, Tigers are one of the large cats that are fond of water and will often swim or spend time in the water.
It is rather unusual to have this amount of rain this late on in the season. But in the southern hemisphere, we receive more rain during the La Nina cycle.
I do not normally take guests out on safari, but I guess your perception is correct only because of the fact that I am there to document every sighting I can get into. All the rangers here will also see amazing things, they just do not have the luxury of being able to film them all.

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Sean, What a fantastic Virtual Safari! You have done it again! Thank you for sharing!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ann.

Moira McLachlan
Explorer

The young leopard playing with his tail was priceless, thanks for sharing that.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Moira. It was indeed a priceless sighting.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Well! Who says that leopards don’t like the water! I would say that the young Ximungwe male had a very jaguar-like morning playing in that small water hole! How absolutely delightful and adorable! I have seen jaguar cubs happily frolic and splash and drag sticks in the water but never ever a leopard! How do they know that no crocs are lurking?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Exactly, this young leopard appears to love the water. There is a slight worry that a crocodile might be in the waterhole. But I guess the young leopard would feed off the mother’s energy around a waterhole and depending on how nervous she is, that would cause him to be more wary.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Oops. Three Rivers Young Male leopard!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean that was a phenomenal video, I thoroughly enjoyed the cub playing in the water. Forsure he was not afraid of the water, he was soaking wet. Mom was close by watching his every move. I had trouble signing in last night to my email, but all is set right now.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. It was a great sighting. I am glad the issue has been resolved with you signing in.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The young male at play made me have a good laugh, I really needed it! What an hilarious ans relaxing video! Really at the top.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca.

Anita Santoro
Explorer

Best sighting ever! Playing with his tail and splashing around was too precious. The colors are amazing with the water and weather. Love Love!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Anita. It was a phenomenal sighting.

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