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A sad day..

A sad day..

I guess it is a mistake to get emotionally attached to the wild animals that I observe and photograph regularly as it can sometimes be heart breaking – as last night proved. A large male leopard entered the territory of the lovely female pictured in a previous post (Sept 14) and killed one of her cubs (the one with the muddy feet). I have been getting to know these cubs quite well over the last few weeks and this one was very playful and friendly. Her brother who is smaller and a lot shyer survived the attack. Here he is having a drink with his mother.

The reason the male killed the cub is because she is not his and this way he forces the female to come into oestrus so that he can then sire his own cubs with her. I just hope the mother can keep her remaining cub safe..

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