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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 Are Cats Really Afraid of Water?

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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Sean, I’m so glad you included this video of the young Three Rivers cub enjoying his playtime in the water. Again I was laughing out loud while he was chasing and then ultimately capturing his tail. Young cats are curious and it would be interesting to see if he ever approaches a pan again, with the intention to enjoy a bit of play. Your story also brought to light the adventures of the Styx in the Sand River just a week ago, at first crossing and then a couple really having fun chasing one another. I believe it’s all due to their young age and with time, they will be more hesitant around water.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was such a great sighting I simply had to put the video in again.

Moira McLachlan
Explorer

That was a fabulous sighting, the youn leopard chasing rindrops and catrching his tail was just magical. Thanks for sharing again.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

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

Cyndy Beardsley
Digital Ranger

Great fun to watch! Thank you

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Cyndy. It was such great fun to watch.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Absolutely delightful video and pics! LOVE the Three Rivers female and have watched her for her whole life. Now to see her as a successful mother is wonderful. Kikilezi would be proud!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Darlene. It was such a magnificent sighting.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

A monumental sighting. The chasing of the tail was truly the icing on the cake! But jaguars and tigers LOVE the water and have no threats in water so clearly water itself isn’t always a reason. But being a young cat means that anything can be fun!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Lisa. Yes, it is not the water itself in this case but rather what lurks beneath or within the water.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

It was so nice to watch this video again. It is just such a rare sighting, a young leopard fooling around in the water, while mum is watching. Hopefully he will be careful enough not to end up as dinner for a crocodile and learn caution from his mother.
I enjoyed the video immensely and showed it to my grandchildren. Thanks a lot! Also the photos of his watery adventures are great.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. I hope the grandchildren enjoyed the video too.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Is the first picture the young male or the mother? Really beautiful, lovely eyes! It is a real eden they live in, hopefully he will grow up to independence. Brave mum!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. The first photo is the Three Rivers Female (the mother).

Meenah Kim
Explorer

That darn tail! Hahaha

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was hilarious when he popped up with his tail in his mouth.

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Sean, what great pictures of the Three Rivers young male playing in the water. Hope he learns to respect water like his mother.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William. I am sure he will learn that water is not always as safe and fun as this waterhole was.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean he was having a whale of a time playing in the water. This video proves that he was not scared of getting wet at all. Just like a naughty child playing in the water and mud, he does not care that he is wet and he was surely enjoying himself tremendously. It’s true, why would he worry about grooming and making g sure he is dry to be able to hunt, when mommy dear will forsure supply a meal. Fantastic video of the young male leopard. What will his name be once he leaves his mother’s side?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai. He was like a naughty little child that was having the best time in the water.

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Sean, What an incredible sight he must have been! I think he is wonderful! Fantastic video you have made! Also very good pictures! Intresting article about cats and water.
Thank you for sharing!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ann. He is such an incredible leopard to spend time with.

Paul Buchanan
Senior Digital Ranger

fascinating! Thanks!

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