Studies in Contrast

We saw a leopard near the camp the other night.  Our driver, a Kenyan scout, was almost as excited as we were.  He said that he sees this leopard on occasion but it is still special.  I have been here at least bland 5 times and have finally seen the “Big Five”; elephant, rhino, cape buffalo,lion and leopard.  This leopard which would be almost impossible to get close to in the day saunters along about 15 feet from the vehicle with just a hint of irritation.  It is hunting and we pull up close to a bush to let him pass by for a picture.  There is a lightening storm not far off that adds some drama to the scene.  As I snapped my picture the entire vehicle moved as if something had hit it from the side and everyone yelped a little bit.  Thinking we were being ambushed by a second leopard I turned the camera inside the vehicle and everyone was laughing.  Evidently we had parked over a wart hog den and two of them vacated the premises causing the commotion. In the morning our driver was anxious to see if we could find the leopard again.  If he made a kill it might be possible to see him “treed” somewhere nearby unless he made the kill near the deep forest, in which case it would be almost...

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