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The Prince of Darkness!!!

By Jaco on May 30, 2010

Leopard from heaven!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as I did. For last week up to the weekend we had one of the most unbelievable leopard sighting this reserve has seen in a very long time.He was found near Vleisfontein after he had killed a sub adult wildebeest under the power line.

He was seen dragging his kill up a Marula tree with the most stunning display of power that anyone has ever witnessed. The wildebeest was bigger than him and almost surely more than double his weight. You could hear the claws digging into the tree as he powered his way up with muscles as tight as tensile steel. Watching this incredible display of power made you feel humble and as fragile as a crystal glass. This animal is raw power and something, I think, we could never really comprehend as humans. Supreme in his confidence he treated us like we were not there and continued in his merry way. He stayed in the area until the carcass was finished, which took nearly 5 days. He is the new Prince of this reserve and most definitely the object of everyone’s affection.

I do not know where he comes from, but my suspicion is that he comes from Botswana. If he stays here in the area we decided to name him Bonolo, which means the relaxed and confident one. This describes him in totality. What an amazing animal and we love him already.

Enjoy his pics!!!!!

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6 thoughts on “The Prince of Darkness!!!

  1. Hi Jaco, seems that we are getting more and more animals that we will probably see ( or not) So we are looking forward to August…it is coming closer….only( or still) 10 weeks to go

  2. ek kan my altyd so verwonder aan die Skepper se wonderlike skeppings -ons as mense kan nooit ooit so iets skep nie

  3. ek kan my altyd so verwonder aan die Skepper se wonderlike skeppings -ons as mense kan nooit ooit so iets skep nie

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