Same cat, dif­fer­ent day

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I was very in­ter­ested in the ar­ti­cle writ­ten by John Weir about the Botswana leop­ards (Tales from the Bush, Au­gust 2017). My at­ten­tion was drawn to the fe­male, with her dam­aged left eye.y ‘That’s myy leop­ard,’ was the first thing that en­tered my mind, asa in Novem­ber 2014,2 my wife and I had seen her and herh two cubs with a killk near Pom Pom CampC in Botswana.

I was able to ta ake a great se­ries ofo shots ( see one

right). One of the cubs was shy and sloped away, but the other re­mained to join its mother in a tree and share the im­pala car­cass.

The age of my cubs is con­sis­tent with those pho­tographed by John and it looks like the cub pho­tographed in 2016 by Ben­jamin Reck­nagel is also one of ‘mine’.

Know­ing the ca­su­alty rate among leop­ard cubs, it was fan­tas­tic to learn that the mother and at least one of the cubs we watched are do­ing well.

This fe­male leop­ard is easy to iden­tify.

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