Klaserie River Sands

An impala lamb and a leopard

Original source: Latest Sightings

It was a few years back, when Anton Kruger and his wife Renate were driving in the Kruger National Park between Letaba River Bridge and Letaba Camp on the H1-6. It is here in an open field that they faltered upon a rather rare sighting of a birth.

Anton says, “My wife is a midwife, so to behold the birth of this impala lamb was especially soul-stirring for her. It’s truly not something you see every day. And just to realise this powerless little creature lifting its head and juddering its huge floppy ears before us – it just beamed over us”.

Unfortunately what Anton and Renate did not realise was that their hearts were about to be broken! The mother impala amidst bonding with her new-born, sensed danger (her nose twitching) and her natural instinct kicked in. She suddenly leaped away, fleeing her little lamb to face its fate all alone.

Just as suddenly as the impala leaped away, a large leopard appeared and Anton says, “My wife was completely emotional; eyes closed, she just couldn’t watch. Throughout she remained in a state of denial that the lamb would remain unharmed. I too, was in a moment of shock”.

Fortunately for leopards or unfortunately for us spectators, leopards and other cats remain opportunists, and with all paws will mostly take an opportunity when it arises! 

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