Video: Leopard injured by vehicles during attack

EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Lowvelder

A tour guide was injured when a leopard attacked him in the Kruger National Park (KNP) yesterday. In the chaos that followed, the safari vehicle and another car in the convoy both ran over the leopard with their wheels.

In a statement William Mambasa, general manager of Kruger National Park, thanked the tourist from the other vehicle for saving the guide and tourists’ lives. Reports from park officials and eye witnesses stated that the guide was trying to herd the leopard for the benefit of his quests, for a clearer view.

© Rudi Fourie

© Rudi Fourie

The guide of the Nhongo Safari vehicle, Mr Curtis Plumb, who was attacked by a leopard in the Kruger National Park (KNP) apparently tried to push the leopard out of the vehicle with his arm when it attacked him and was protecting his guests when the predator wanted to climb into the vehicle. This is according to Ms Verity Cherry, wife of Managing Director of Nhongo Safaris, Mr Dean Cherry.

Leopard attack Kruger

© Rudi Fourie

Cherry said, “I’m sorry but we cannot comment any further, as we have been told by the South African Tourism Association (SATSA) and South African National Parks (SANParks) to wait for a report about the incident.” She added that Plumb was not very badly mauled, although he was still in shock. He was still in Mediclinic Nelspruit this morning.

Leopard attack Kruger

© Rudi Fourie

KNP spokesman Ms Laura Mukhwevho, added that the animal was put down by rangers. She added that the animal was estimated to have been between 16 and 18 years old. She confirmed that, although the animal had injuries from fighting with another leopard, it was run over by the front wheel of Plumb’s open safari vehicle.

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  • Andrew Warren

    The guide was “trying to herd the leopard” WTF!! The worst part of this is the second vehicle deliberately running it over. This is completely caused by human disrespect for this animal. The park should be ashamed.

    • Rui Pedro Silva

      True… nothing to had to this… complete and utter disrespect for the wild animal and its habitat.

    • Leigh Anne Miles-de Jager

      It’s heartbreaking
      I mean really this is horrible. People invading an animals space. He reacts and then gets driven over twice. I’m ashamed to be a human being these days.
      The world is a circus

    • Minnie Woodley

      I agree with you 100%…..the man was careless, people are too careless when it comes to viewing animals in the parks!!! Open vehicles should be banned…..

      • Chris Voets

        Far too many open vehicles around, so agree with you!!

    • Chris Voets

      This is a private tour company – nothing to do with “the park”.

      • Bonnie Rose

        Then they should pay DEARLY for his animals death, drivers guide license pulled!

      • bjo59

        I must have read the article too quickly. I thought they were inside Kruger Park.

        • Chris Voets

          Although it was inside Kruger, the vehicle in question was from a privately owned company, not one operated by SANParks (South African National Parks) – sorry for the confusion. Unlike in other countries, any private vehicle is permitted in South Africa’s national parks.

    • Lou Jack

      I agree with you.
      Poor the Animals of Africa and their meddlesome handlers and intruders….

      The African people don’t respect nor value their wildlife as in the trade of ivory and rhinoceros horns sold to the Chinese. How sad and mournful that so much unhelpful meddling result in killing animals in their habitat by running them over needlessly.

      What next?
      Africans selling their lands in huge tracts to Foreigners with a 1.2-1.3 billion mouths to feed. Re-colonializing Africa all over again. Ahhhhh — how sad and mournful ….

      • Stukkendkind

        You know nothing about Africa so STFU!!!

        • Lou Jack

          Thought you were fishing… that’s why I didn’t respond earlier.
          Plus your reply was sent to my hardly used email address.
          Seriously, I am concerned about Africa’s wildlife.
          YOU must find a way to support Prince William in his direful African concerns. By the way what’s (STFU)?
          If it’s good – then I say same to you.

          • STFU is “SHUT THE (expletive) UP”.

            You know, I was thinking you were claiming to BE the person who WROTE that book I’ve seen you hawking to several people (including me) but in one comment you said: (NEXT Q: How Can I add:” Editor of: BORN OUT OF SPITE” to show up in my Profile box?

            So are you E.L. Jack or just pretending?

            If you wonder why I’m randomly commenting on some of your past posts, you did tell me to go back and find some. I’m looking.

          • Lou Jack

            Listen You —- there is nothing trite about me… okay!
            Thanks, I knew what he meant (I know what the acronym means) —-
            Sometimes one has to play stupid …. not that I am far from that anyway… (smile)
            I wanted to tame him… just in case he was overly obnoxious…

            To your Next Q: — If you read the book or mention it to any group of young women – you and they will know who wrote it. —- It was tremendous labor of love work for me.

            I now have a new Novella to deal with — wish to get it out there soon.

            Listen Bodhis… —- Readers don’t know what they are missing — if you aren’t a Celebrity —-then folks don’t buy work. —– It’s an excellent read — there is much to remember for life in it.
            To your last comment: —– I am NOT wondering about anything … I am vacuous right now.
            All I know is:””‘BORN OUT OF SPITE”” By E.L. Jack — can be made into a film.
            It’s a fine read! I need help in promoting it….. Okay.

          • Funny, I did find mention of your book on Amazon, but when I do general searches… no real results for either E.L. Jack or the book itself that I would think have anything to do with you.

            Now there is one E. L. Jack associated with U.C. Davis who’s field is apparently food science.

            I also get a hit on E. L. Jack with a degree from Baylor that turns out to be a Senior Geologist at Petro Harvester, formerly with ross Creek Energy LLC, Craton Energy, Exxon, Marshall Exploration, Sonat, Hilcorp, and Prime Natural Resources.

            And, finally, there is the BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF KERN COUNTY – E.L. JACK AND MONICA ARMSTRONG YOUTH CENTER at 801 Niles Street, Bakersfield CA .

            Oh, one more: E L “Jack” Hartzog (1904 – 1956).

            Just for fun, I looked up Henry Vernon Jack and found even less.

            On the Amazon page I noted:

            Publisher: E.L. Jack; 1 edition (25 Jun. 2013)

            “How many sold so far,” I wondered, but alas, could find no data to begin to answer that question.

            Then I noticed:

            Be the first to review this item.

            Well, perhaps if I find it in the public library, but when I looked it up (our city has quite an impressive collection so I was certain there was a chance I might find it there) alas, it was not available. I’m going to check several other public libraries here in the U.S. and, if possible, in Canada to see if ANY have a copy.

            Just for fun.

            Also just for fun, based on clues, I’m going to pick one of the Windward islands. NOTE I have no reason to believe the clues are actually accurate, but I will treat them as such. But an off the cuff guess would lead me to Dominica, even though it was, and sometimes still is, considered a Leeward island. Now were I to reconsider at length I might pick another, such as Grenada, but I like hot springs and I understand Dominica has the 2nd largest in the world, so…

          • Lou Jack

            Publisher: E.L. Jack 1st Edition (25 Jun. 2013) — BORN OUT OF SPITE — The name

            That’s the Masterpiece of which I speak.

            You can only get it on Amazon.com at this time.

            Your current geographical guesses are wrong, but can be easily gleaned when reading it.

            (N.B: Title was given…..)

          • I eliminated Martinique (official language French) based on your claim English was widely spoken and in fact that also tends to reduce the chances of three others, though obviously it does not eliminate them. The clues are not as simple as one might think.

            I felt like I SHOULD eliminate Dominica on the one hand, though other things made it my first guess – obviously wrong, apparently.

            Something someone else said about the politicians of Grenada suggested a match with what you said about them.

            But that only leaves 2 – well, if we discount the other Grenadines, which might be jumping to a hasty, and wrong, conclusion. Saint Vincent and Saint Lucia would seem to be the only candidates remaining.

            As for that Dutch island mentioned, that’s a whole different question altogether.

            Tell me – do you speak, or have you ever spoken, a Creole dialect?

          • Lou Jack

            Listen — It’s not at all Grenada. But I understand two other languages, somewhat.

          • Was it a sister or a brother who was honored by the Queen?

          • Lou Jack

            No — But Another close relative.

          • Oh, now I understand this quote – I thought it was a mistake but the mistake was mine:

            “I was the first illegitimate child to be born among my mother’s four older siblings, one of whom was knighted.”

          • Lou Jack

            Read all of it — then rate it.
            You will laugh a lot, I tell you.
            “BORN OUT OF SPITE” by E. L. Jack is a terrific exotic read.
            (Listen — re: my Disqus posts:
            If they aren’t clear, that’s because I omitted a word or two. I write very clearly.)

          • “can be made into a film” – which major (or minor) players have expressed interest?

          • Lou Jack

            Excuse the two short omitted words in my last post. I will edit later.

    • Andrew Warren

      I apologize. I should not have put that nasty comment above. I wasn’t thinking objectively. Admittedly, I, Andrew Warren, am not very well endowed, and feel the need to justify my existence on the interwebs through what I think is clever writing and poignancy. The fact of the matter is, this was an unfortunate situation for both man and animal. I was not there. I only saw the video and therefore lack an objective analysis of the situation as it happened on the ground. I will abandon my armchair activism now and seek to do something meaningful with my life, lest I risk being a complete loser. Thanks all!

      • Andrew Warren

        Thank you for that, nameless coward. I guess you, on the other hand, justify your existence “on the interwebs” telling everyone with an opinion that they are smart arses. Are you sick of people commenting about these type of videos? Shame. Poor you. Why not take an aspirin and have a little lie down.

        • Andrew Warren

          I would hardly call myself nameless, since my name is Andrew Warren ;} And you’re welcome! I always appreciate gratitude. To answer your question, why would I, Andrew Warren, be sick of people commenting on these type of videos when I, Andrew Warren am commenting on these type of videos? Logically, that makes no sense. As for aspirins, I find them quite subpar when compared to the almighty Tylenol. But I do appreciate your recommendation. Thanks Andrew Warren! I hope that today you will truly learn the futility of commenting on the internet. Have a great day!

        • Andrew Warren

          Hi Andrew Warren! It’s me, Andrew Warren! 😉 The better half, anyways.

    • Cherine V.d.Merwe

      I absolutely agree! Why are they driving with the windows open and sticking their arms out?? Have a little respect and realize the environment you’re in requires precautions like keeping the windows closed for your and the guest’s protection!! Its not rocket science dammit!

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  • Ed Camilleri

    What utter disrespect to the leopard, if the first vehicle reversed successfully WHY DID THE SECOND VEHICLE RUN OVER THE LEOPARD DELIBERATELY.? The driver should be arrested and charged

    • karissa

      Instead the driver of the second vehicle was thanked!

      • Ed Camilleri

        True, what a shame. After harassing it, the leopard had to be horrendously injured and subsequently killed. I feel disgust for humankind to do such things. We are slowly driving them to extinction, without any fault from theirs.

    • Hazel Stevenson

      I agree with Ed Camilleri – driver should be arrested and charged and guide should be fired as what was he doing with an open window and then leaning out????

  • Nightlight1

    I agree with you Andrew. People have no respect for wildlife!! “herding” instead of just viewing them in their natural habitat. I have never understood these open vehicles to view – they place themselves and their tourists in danger!!

    • karissa

      Hi nightlight1. When I went on safari in reserves i feel are much more respectfull towards wildlife than Krugar, we traveled in the open top vehicles. However our guide made it very clear that the animals were used to the vehicles and apparently see them as one large entity. So it was vitally important that no one placed any part of their body outside the vehicle (this included when taking photos), no standing up, no sudden movements and whispers only. Because we didn’t have to compete with other vehicles like in Krugar, we could park and everybody could see, get great photos and not invade the animals personal space.

      • Chris Voets

        This depends COMPLETELY on your guide, not the place where you are. Please don’t tarnish all guides with the same brush, many respect wildlife and all creatures even though they are not fortunate enough to be employed in a private reserve.

  • Carla Porter

    How was “the animal put down?”

    This incident serves as yet ANOTHER reason why I will NEVER visit Kruger National Park. Having tours with open vehicles, with it’s human occupants exposed and vulnerable, puts wild animals at risk of DEATH by the hands of humans. Having small cars tour the grounds when male elephants are in musth puts those elephants at risk of DEATH by the hands of humans. Wild animal behavior is simply too unpredictable to be viewing at close proximity.

    I will gladly participate in a wildlife-viewing tour with an entity that puts the livelihood of the wild organisms first! Therefore, they have the highest standards in ensuring the safety of the human participants which in turn ensures the safety of the wild animals. So, if that means viewing from a distance using binoculars and scopes… then I’ll f–king do it. In addition, I expect those “high standards” to include a strong effort to avoid interfering with inter- and intra-species relationships.

    • Carla Porter

      If people don’t visit Kruger than the animals won’t have an ecosystem in which to live. Me thinks your logic is faulty!

      • Carla Porter

        “Carla Porter Carla Porter 11 minutes ago

        If people don’t visit Kruger than the animals won’t have an ecosystem in which to live. Me thinks your logic is faulty!”

        Dear imposter, thank you for (1) taking the time to create a new Disqus account using my name, and (2) expressing your faulty logic in a grammatically incorrect manner.

        A lack of close-proximity wildlife watching tours doesn’t automatically result in the destruction of an ecosystem.

        • Carla Porter

          Have you heard of irony? Hence the “me thinks your logic is faulty” phrase, which was a deliberate misuse of grammar? God, the stupidity of people like Carla.

          Let’s try this again. In no way was I talking about close-proximity wildlife watching. How did you even infer that? I was talking about the fact that if people boycott the Kruger park by virtue of a singular incident such as the unfortunate incident, then the park administration loses it’s ability to financially support Kruger. It will be forced to close down and the animals exterminated.

          That being said, you don’t have to personally visit it, but nor should you discourage others to do so. Many people go to Kruger because it’s cheaper than a private game reserve and they simply cannot afford it.

          Now please, for the love of all that holy and good, either learn to think objectively or crawl back inside the womb of the woman who birthed you and convince her to do otherwise. Have a great day!

          • Carla Porter

            Dear imposter,

            YOU are nothing more than a pathetic coward, hiding behind MY name, employing BLATANTLY OBVIOUS efforts to bully me and make me question my sentiment and position.

            Please, by all means, try again. And “have a great day!”

          • Carla Porter

            Well, it got a response didn’t it? So I guess it worked. And for the record you don’t have to use sentiment and position simultaneously. They essentially mean the same thing within the context you’ve used them. You should also avoid using caps lock in the future as an expositional display of frustration. It lets your bully know that her/his efforts have paid off. Just a little food for thought 😉 Remember, I love you and I’m here to make your world just a little brighter!

          • Carla Porter

            Dear imposter,

            Thank you again for spending your precious time commenting on my thread. The reality is, cowardly people who try so hard to bully simply lack credibility. So you can huff and puff all you want. Antagonize. Be cynical. Go ahead. You mean NOTHING to me.

          • Carla Porter

            Oh this is way too much fun. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do this. I obviously mean something to you if you continue responding. You see, what I’m essentially educating you on is the futility on your part in your effort(s) to argue with me. It’s a losing scenario for you. If you respond, then I come back faster and more quick-witted. If you don’t respond, then on the internet it appears as if you’ve relented. I don’t care about the internet’s opinion of me so if I respond, it always looks better by virtue of the fact that I’m intellectually superior. If I don’t respond, then it means I’ve lost interest in the troglodyte I’m debating. In point of fact, all of this essentially means nothing for both of us. And for all you know, my name could actually be Carla Porter. Do you honestly think you’re the only Carla Porter in the big bad world? It’s a very plain Jane type of name. But I’m getting off point and therefore digress.

          • Rob A.

            You didn’t happen to be the driver of the white van did you? It seems to be the kind of ignorant and stupid thing you’d do.

          • Rob A.

            I was the driver of the white van.

          • Hazel Stevenson

            Your comments to Carla Porter are disgusting and you should not hold yourself above her – she is entitled to her comments!!!! without attracting ugly attacks from other people!!

          • Carla Porter

            But I am Carla Porter

          • Lou Jack

            Your reasoning is wise.

          • Bonnie Rose

            If enough people boycott Kruger, they will pull up their boots and have quality drivers, and enforce rules that keep people from harassing wildlife for their dollars. Support only eco-friendly tour groups!

          • Brett Aylward

            I totally agree.

        • Lou Jack

          Simple logic can be quite wanting at times.

          Since when do the animals of Africa or elsewhere, need folks to disturb them in their habitat(s)???

          • Lou Jack

            Since the money to go on safari pays for the parks, simpleton.

          • True – Africans have become quite adept at disturbing them without any outside help. Just ask any of the many threatened species which, despite outside attempts to help prevent it, poaching continues as before.

    • Will S

      I find “wild animal” behavior to be much more predictable than that of people.

    • Lou Jack

      Well said. You are so kind.

      I tend to feel so, so VERY angry that Africans seem not to be good stewards of their movable and immovable resources.

      Instead they war with each other, when not clear cutting the forest, reducing Animal habitat.

      With all the resources in Africa, why is there NO SOUND consensus by wise Africans to seek the right help to build well their Nation and its infrastructure — to protect self and wildlife.

      Well… corruption is a better alternative. If not getting rid of their wisest leaders on behalf of those who wish to exploit Africa…. Again I painfully say – how sad and mournful.

      Africa will never change…..this is the LARGER overall picture I see daily.

  • Ed Camilleri

    well I hope the tour guide dies too from his injuries. Why drive over the leopard?

  • Alexander van Terheyden

    These Guides are C**TS

    • Me

      Lol, Armchair activist Alexander van Terheyden thinks he knows things and stuff! Try Alexander van Derp!heyden!

  • Ron from Dublin

    This is a completely different story to the one which emerged earlier – there was no mention of the ranger driving over the lepord , rather they said that he was injured from a fight and that he was old an sick and going to die shortly anyway. Im sure the guide will be back earning big money in no time at all , sadly the future of the leopard is non existant

    • Ron from Dublin

      I love how people’s emotion gets in the way of reason. It’s why Ron from Dublin will never amount to anything but a sound byte on a web site. Hey, I made a rhyme! 🙂

      • Ron from Dublin

        You’re right Ron from Dublin. Ron from Dublin is certainly no James Joyce. He spelled leopard as lepord. In the words of Bugs Bunny, ‘what a maroon!’

        • Ron from Dublin

          Well, at least he has the satisfaction of thinking that his comment is about as useful as a thumbprint on a sky scraper. Ron from Dublin – a true piece of excrement on a tissue sitting atop a barge, surging out to sea with a million tonnes of raw sewage.

          • Ron from Dublin

            That is beautiful!

          • Ron from Dublin

            Thanks!

          • Hazel Stevenson

            Very ugly words and should not be directed at ANYONE – Ron is entitled to his view!!

          • Hazel Stevenson

            Ron from Dublin is not a very nice person!

          • Brett Aylward

            Well said Hazel. thumb ‘s up from me.

    • Ron from Dublin, that info was in fact correct, the vet that examined the leopard found that had already been injured (most likely from a fight), it was indeed old and sick and starving and likely to die shortly anyway. This also helps explain its very unusual and desperate behaviour. Of course it does not help that this was very close to Skukuza camp in peak season (school holidays) so lots of vehicles in the park. It is very likely that the leopard in that condition was distressed by all the vehicles and noise. I can further assure you that most guides earn tiny salaries and don’t do this for money, but out of their love for wildlife and passion for the bush which they enjoy sharing with others. Sad to read your comment elsewhere that you would not even wish this guide well after this unfortunate incident.

      • tiddas

        Evil incident. Why are you so desperate to say running over leopards is just fine? You seem desperate. Hope you don’t find yourself in a place with low wages and lots of tires. Crazy.

        • Why are you and others so desperate to prove evil intent? Nobody said running over leopards is just fine. Or are you one of those crazies who would criticize a neighbour for shooting a dog to save a child, when the dog is busy mauling the child? Equally crazy, but you get people like that. This was a very unfortunate one-in-a-million incident resulting from a unique set of circumstances, a guide was injured and sadly an old leopard was killed, nobody approves of the latter but some people here seem to approve of the former. Easy to criticise from the sidelines on how you would’ve handled it differently. If you want to foam at the mouth about evil, rather express your rage about what Boko Haram is doing in northern Nigeria.
          Crazy indeed.

          • Brett Aylward

            We not taking about Boko whoever here.This is about how wrong the leopard was treated….. Some people are just weird…..

          • Judys Smallworld

            Why are people allowed to travel in open vehicles?

      • Hazel Stevenson

        Oh so because the leopard was old and sick he should die shortly ‘anyway’???? I certainly don’t wish the guide well as he should not have been acting as he did in the beginning ‘anyway’!!

      • Brett Aylward

        You don’t care about the leopard or the animals in our country so shut up you ignoramus. SO INSTEAD you care only about the poor tour guide. The tour guide went to do his job with the knowledge that it is dangerous to drive in a open vehicle. He is to blame for his mistake. But instead the leopard had to go through this terrible trauma UNNECESSARY MURDER… Before its natural time to die. You should be more concerned with our fading dwindling natural resources instead of some stupid poor driver who isn’t even intelligent enough to get a better job. What a loser
        .

        • bjo59

          I notice that no one in the comments at this point is mentioning the fact that this guide was harassing that leopard and “herding” it so that guests could get a better view. This, for me, is the problem, not the open vehicle. Maybe I read the article wrong? Thought it said he was trying to herd the animal which is harassment. Anyway, I am on your side – not a poor tour guide, rather, an unprofessional one.

        • Hazel Stevenson

          Agree with Brett Aylward

        • Gary

          My friend how do you think these animals still have a habitat in which to stay in, with all the struggles and corruption that the citizens of S.A have to live with? Do you think government is going to put money up for the safekeeping of this ecosystem? They won’t. .. The money used to support and supply these animals with a home comes from “the African experience” where tourists pay high dollar to sit an an open vehicle and get up close! This incident is unfortunate no doubt but necessary as leopards are flippen dangerous and the world can be happy the leopard malled only the driver and not possible woman and children inside the vehicle. This is africa boet… get an idea!

          • Judys Smallworld

            And if a human is attacked, they took the risk. The animal should not be slaughtered for doing what it is hardwired to do. These people are not at a petting zoo.

      • bjo59

        I thought I read that this guide was “herding” the animal with his vehicle so that his guests could get a better look. That is not my definition of a wildlife safari. It sounds more like those tourist trap tiger “herding” type tours in India.

  • Andy Davies

    Horrible…this is what happens when people think they can interact with these animals…a park is no better than a zoo…

  • Ron from Dublin

    You find the original lie here : https://africageographic.com/blog/leopard-attacks-tour-operator-in-kruger/ no metion of the guide driving over the animal in his veichle

  • karissa

    Look how many vehicles there are! This is why my husband and I stayed well away from Krugar when we visited. We went to private game reserves invested in flora and forna preservation and rehabilitation. One or two vehicles maximum viewing animals at a time. Allows for a more intimate experience AND doesn’t make the animal feel like in a circus ring surrounded by idiots in vehicles.
    Why was a manager attempting to “herd” a wild leopard as one would bloody cattle! It lost its life because it reacted as any wild animal that felt threatened would. All so some disrespectful and uneducated idiots could get their photo.

    • vic

      Not everyone can afford private game reserves. Not saying you have to visit Kruger, but given it’s size, it’s one of the largest parks on the continent that supports a vast array of wildlife. And it’s not as if this type of occurrence happens daily. Would you rather the park shut down?

  • victor

    Respect Leopards, game rangers should know animals have the right of way. If we look at history several rangers were attacked by getting to cozy with the animals.

    • Kai

      Ranger wasn’t getting cozy. Animal wasn’t “crossing the road” as per right away. Animal attacked Ranger. Pretty much cut and dry. Also look and read Onne’s comment as he said what it all means exactly on par. Or at best, don’t comment if you’re not sure exactly what you are talking about.

      • victor

        What means herding it means for benifit of the tourist he was in some sort of way, push him in a certain direction. RIGHT of way in the bush too , did I meantion road no!, You don’t cut in front of an animal in no way harrass him. Study the history rangers getting to cozy. Animals differ and their behaviour changes A number of years ago a ranger was killed when he parked his vehicle under a tree shining a light on a leapard. It seems you must reread the comment, and especcially explain what herding means.???

        • Kai

          There was no “herding” going on here. You apparently didn’t read the article good enough either. They spotted the leopard up ahead. He vanished from sight behind some trees and then came up from behind and attacked. You apparently also didn’t read Onne’s comment on it as well or else you would understand. Also, you don’t have to mention the road. The vehicles were on the road, not out in the middle of the field. You basis of “right of way” is irrelevant when you are talking of anything else. Really, just calm yourself down, re-read the article, read Onne’s comment, and then get back to me when you better understand the topic at hand.

          • victor

            This article states ‘Reports from park officials and eye witnesses stated that the guide was trying to herd the leopard for te benifit’ I quote it from the article between the first two photos.Many persons complained on comments on this. Really you don’t try to herd a wild animal, for a few photos!!

    • Chris Voets

      A “ranger” is not the same thing as a tour guide…..

      • victor

        Yes I agree!

  • Anna Chalabarczuk

    I feel utterly devastated seeing these photos and reading about how the leopard was treated. Tourists, guides and drivers should at all times behave in a way that respects and doesn’t interfere with the natural behavior of the wildlife. What the hell was the guide doing trying to ‘herd’ the leopard anyway? Unfortunately, in many parks the overriding ethos is the better/closer experience the guides give the tourists, the bigger tip they will receive. This is so wrong and shamefully shows complete disrespect for the wildlife on whose existence they depend for a living. I decided a long time ago never to go to Kruger for a number of reasons and this behavior just confirms to me that I’ve made the right decision.

  • victor

    In hindsight his license should be provoked, and a case of animal cruelty should be laid against him and other drivers. However if it was an accident or in the process to save the man s life it is another story. I would like some investigation anyway and if someone didn’t keep to the rules, of the park , they should be fined or banned from the park!

    • Read the comment by Onne above yours – he is an expert in this industry.

      • victor

        He is contradicting the article above that said the guide was trying to herd the animal,, and that the animal was healthy and not old, who is correct??

  • Ok some perspective here. It is unfortunate that only the last part of the incident was caught on video. Even so, it is clear that the leopard kept coming for the vehicle even after the guide had managed to get the leopard to let go of its arm. Before that, there were already other vehicles trying to assist the guide by forcing the leopard out the way, throwing bags at it, etc. This leopard was old, sick, starving and already injured (as confirmed by the vet who examined the animal) and was extremely agitated and desperate. Hence the very unusual behaviour of attacking the guide (after coming around unseen from behind the vehicle to the guide’s side). The guide was completely surprised by the attack and tried for a while without success to get the leopard to let go.

    At this point, it was a life or death struggle for this guide to keep the leopard out of his vehicle and get him off his arm. When it finally let go and he reversed to get away, the leopard kept coming and jumped on the vehicle as the video shows. At that point he had very few options, trying to reverse around the bend in the road with one injured arm and another car not far behind, so to me it seems he had no option but to make his getaway by going forward and running over the leopard. The safety of his guests and himself took priority over the well-being of the leopard at this point.

    The second vehicle had seen all this unfold and been involved in trying to get the leopard off the guide’s arm (which he was later thanked for by Sanparks) and was also concerned that the leopard would continue its attack and go after the tourist vehicle again.

    It’s sad to see how critical and judgmental people are of those involved in this unfortunate incident. All things considered the incident could’ve ended a lot worse. The guide avoided further serious injury and kept his guests safe, but unfortunately the leopard was injured in the process and had to be put down. My own estimate is that it would’ve died soon anyway, possibly within days, seeing the condition it was in – starving and already injured.

    From the sidelines it is easy to site there and make judgments about the guide, even wishing him harm. As much as I love leopards and was saddened by this beautiful animal’s demise, I find it equally sad to see such judgmental overreactions from people who have no clue.

    • Once again Onne gives an expert, professional, perspective on things relating to wild animals, the bush and safaris. Thank you!

      • Patty Bühler

        Thanks for putting things into perspective. The sad thing is also the number of vehicles present at the scene. That’s another debate, but I still believe it puts too much pressure on animals and especially those who are already fragile because of age or injury

    • Gary Pohl

      Unfortunately I completely agree – old sick animal, desperate and hungry, displaying traits NO leopard would . . . they are shy and withdrawn, not crazed like this one.

      Onne Vegter – you are right, and that is the end of it – unfortunately this time the animal was the cause and the culprit, and he paid the supreme price. I am not defending these tour guides at all – I generally dislike them and their attitude immensely myself – but this time, the animal was at fault.

    • Hazel Stevenson

      You are sadly misguided : the animal was not put down humanely – he was deliberately run over and the guide should not have had his window down with the leopard around anyway and he should not have hung out of the vehicle either – the two vehicles crowded the leopard and he must have panicked being old and sick and probably hungry!

    • victor

      What does ab this article say does not line up with your story. Park officials and eyewitnesses said the guide was trying to herd the leopard, so who is truthfull here what is tge truth, this article states the leopard was healthy and not old

  • Cynthia Britt

    The 2nd vehicle was trying to save the guy. I don’t fault him. However, if that guide was harassing & provoking the leopard to begin with then he needs to lose his job.

  • It looks like it had a hip or spinal injury before it was driven over. Must have been really desperate!!!

  • I understand why they drove over it but still really hard to watch. Sad.

  • Gerhild Klinkow

    For
    me photos and video showing a Leopard, harried between cars, that
    panics . An incompetent Ranger hanging against all rules the arm out of
    the window . The attack was predictable – and could have been avoided by
    giving the animal room to escape. Completely
    insane then, the run over to the leopard – that was not for his own
    protection , nor to protect the other guests needed . Another animal has
    lost his life because of the stupidity and incompetence of the people –
    sad !

    • Me

      Read Onne Vegter’s comment in lieu of being an armchair activist.

  • Sarah

    The leopard does not look “starving”.

  • James

    Open top vehicles should be disallowed to enter the park. It was bound to happen. Not a case of if an animal would attack the people in this kind of vehicle, but rather when!!!!!!!!!!

    • vic

      You can’t take one isolated event and make it the standard for everything. It’s like trying to say that no one should be allowed to drive because we’d all get killed. The logic doesn’t make much sense. Millions of other people go on game drives in open vehicles every year. I’d argue that 98-99% of the time, both animals and people are safe. This was an unfortunate incident that shouldn’t be given as much weight. Sigh*, life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.

  • Kirsti Penprase

    I hope he gets what he deserves. DISGUSTING

    • vic

      Read the comment by Onne on this page. I think it puts things into perspective a bit more.

  • Kirsty

    I am sickened by this.

    KRUGER & SAN PARKS it’s time to put limits on how many vehicles are allowed to encircle an animal at any one time.

    Kirsty

  • tiddas

    Evil guide. Evil people running over leopard. What kind of place is this?!?

  • Belinda Gray

    I had the immense privilege of visiting southern Africa last year, and went on safari in open vehicles in South Africa, (not Kruger) Botswana and Zimbabwe. Our guides were all indigenous, and we saw lions, cheetah, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and elephant (not to mention all the other non dangerous animals) and due to their training, knowledge and most of all the incredibly obvious respect for the animals and habitat, we had an amazing, informative and safe holiday, all thanks to these wonderful guides!. From what I learned during my time there, all i can say is what the f…. were the guides thinking?????? They shouldn’t be thanked, they should be sacked or at the very least, sent back for much more intensive training!! Special thanks to Daffy from ‘The Hide’ and Kennith from ‘Ngoma’.

  • Linda May Hammond

    YOU IDIOTS! DID YOU NEVER HEAR OF USING A TRANQUILIZER GUN?? WHAT SORT OF OUTFIT ARE YOU???

    • Linda May Not Be Smart

      CAPS LOCKS MAKE ME IMPORTANT!!

  • Yasuyo Yamazaki

    There is clearly something wrong with this leopard. I would say they should consider checking it for rabies. Normal wild leopard won’t do such a thing and won’t get run over by slow moving vehicle.

  • Hazel Stevenson

    The Nhongo Safaris is making up stories – they will never see my friends and family at their Lodge and the vehicles deliberatey ran the leopard over – okay guys, we have got the registration numbers so we know which vehicles were used – total DISRESPECT FOR WILDLIFE – but we have got your number Nhongo Safaris!!!

    • Hazel Stevenson

      I’ll bet you 5000 rand that Nhongo Safaris are still operating next year. Empty threats online mean nothing.

  • bassetluv

    Herding the leopard? He should be permanently banned from SAN Parks.

    • bassetluv

      I should be permanently banned from using my brain 😉

      • bassetluv

        Gee, a little boy thinks he is funny taking other’s screen names and posting ignorant comments. No balls, no brains and you should be banned for being a juvenile delinquent.

  • Bonnie Rose

    WHY is it always Kruger, or other S African parks? I have been to East Africa 3 times, my friend 20+ and NEVER, never, put game in this position. The window should have been closed immediately. SHAME on these parks! You will never see my dollars!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank God. They’re probably tainted with your kak when you rub them against your backside!

      • Brett Aylward

        Sad sad that’s all I can say…. I will also boycott Krugar.they are always in the news in a bad light.Making so much money from the animals they pretend to protect. I’m sure it’s just good old entitlement and greed that keeps the Krugar blame free.

      • Bonnie Rose

        THIS IS NOT MY POST!!

  • Brett Aylward

    Who ever ran over that leopard should be taken out.I hope the person who did that is killed by some accident or whatever, they don’t deserve to be alive.They made a judgement call and acted as if they were God by running over the animal.The only person or organisation to make that call would have been the relevant authorities. They don’t even kill sharks that eat people.They don’t kill us for killing people, so why kill a wild animal especially when it’s in its own environment. I TRULY HOPE WHOEVER YOU ARE THAT YOU ARE KILLED.

  • bjo59

    That is disgusting. Herding the leopard so his guests could get a better view? That is completely grotesque. What kind of safari is that? That poor leopard. Harassed and then run over twice… all for a fast buck. Kruger should do some sort of disciplinary action against that guide because this story gives Kruger a bad name.

  • Andrea from Italy

    After a comment like that, mr general manager of Kruger national Park should be immediately fired!

  • Keith

    am appalled at the heartless conduct by what they claim to be a professional tour operator company. Hopefully Kruger management will withdraw their operators licence

  • Realist

    People love criticising. They do not hesitate to criticise even when they don’t have all
    the facts. They often have little knowledge of conservation,
    animal behaviour, guiding etc and don’t understand reality. It seems to have become really “cool” to be SEEN
    as some sort of animal “defender”. The more
    outspoken/militant/crude/rude you are the more you are “doing something for the
    animals” and the higher your “animal defender” image in the
    rest of the armchair conservationist community. You get extra status if
    you attack the character of, or wish dreadful harm upon, people who have sound
    knowledge/experience in conservation and management of ecosystems. Please TRY to understand the comments from the people on the ground with first-hand practical experience. A lot of good people – conservationists, field guides and rangers – have been maliciously criticised by people not qualified to comment. Sad about the leopard but understand the circumstances. Very sad for the people doing good in the industry. Please save the animals and the conservationists from the “cool crusaders” and animal rightists.

  • Cherine V.d.Merwe

    Why was the window even open!!!???

  • Ron PARNELL

    Too much speculative – but worrying – comment here. This incident really warrants a quick official response (following an investigation of facts). The numbers of vehicles lining up at this sighting does nothing but highlight the potential for human animal incidents to go wrong, again!
    Come on San Parks put out an authoritative statement, who was in the right here and where was the fault if any.

  • Adi Le Roux

    DISGUSTING!!! These tour guides are specifically searching for a quick tour as the visitors have only a few hours and demand that they all see everything now.

  • Spies Valerie

    It is the animals area they intrude and he gets run over because of fame and wow pictures shame on you I hope you get exposed to the bone!

  • AJ

    The tour guide should have a charge of animal abuse laid against him.
    Why was he “herding” a wild animal? Just so his guests could get a better look….. that cost the poor animal its life.
    They are supposed to VIEW the wild life and respect them in their natural habitat. These game drive vehicles should be totally enclosed, ensuring people and the animals safety.
    As for going for, and driving over the injured leopard the second time is totally inexcusable.
    As for the dimwit in the MPV who also drove over the leopard should also have charges laid against him/her, have their licence revoked and both drivers pay the parks 3x what the leopard was worth, not that any amount of money is worth the leopards life.

  • Ron PARNELL

    Still waiting to see an authoritative response (or link to one) on this debate. Someone needs to step up!

  • Tina Vermeulen Botha

    Its heartbreaking seeing this. The Leopard seems extremely thin. Looks starved. This is unacceptable really. Sick sick world we live in.

  • Günther Renger

    there are tooooooooo many vehicles … why !?! … give more respect to the animals !!!

  • Linda May Hammond

    Because of my comment, I just received a nasty e-mail from someone at this park referring to me as “Linda May Not Be Smart.” Just wanted you all to b e aware of the childish and snotty attitude of the people in charge of this park. Go ahead, continue to shoot yourselves in the foot, losers.

  • Jaco Coetzee

    Why are you stupid idiot driving with open vehicle in the park??? Yet another animal lost its life because of a stupid ignorant human!

  • Karen Attson

    Awful, again-animals paying the price for human stupidity…

  • Jennifer Keene

    I wish they were’nt driving there the cat was just protecting it’s territory

  • Judys Smallworld

    Open vehicles should be vanned, of course. How horrible that a frightened animal was slaughtered because of the stupidity of a bunch of thrill-seeking humans.

  • Judys Smallworld

    banned, not vanned.

  • positively4thstreet

    Pathetic. One reason I would never want to see the poor animals in these wildlife ‘parks’…they don’t seem safe from hunters or tourists.

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