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The safariLIVE team was conducting one of their live game drives at Djuma Private Game Reserve. Watch in the below video as they witnessed a male leopard, known as Sindile, with what is estimated to be his largest caught prey to date. But this was not any ordinary prey.

LeopardWatch as we witness a leopard with what is estimated to be his largest caught prey to date. But not any ordinary prey. Narration by safariLIVE presenter Hayden Turner

After seeing the leopard catch a domestic dog, the team feared that he may have contracted rabies. Rabies, once contracted, is fatal for both humans and wildlife, and domestic dogs can transmit diseases such as rabies, mange and canine distemper to wild animals. Most incidents between domestic dogs and wildlife occur when rural areas overlap with wildlife areas – such is the case on the outskirts of the Greater Kruger National Park.

In South Africa, an animal that has been bitten, exposed to the saliva, or had direct contact with a confirmed or suspected rabid mammal will have to undergo a quarantine period of up to 90 days, or longer. According to law, all other animals that have come into contact with the possibly infected animal should also have to undergo a quarantine period. The dog that Sindile caught in the below video was tracked down and found to have had rabies, and Sindile is currently being observed at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in a safe environment. At this stage, the state vet has decided to play it safe and keep Sindile until the 90 days confinement is over, which should be near the end of December.

The plan is then to re-release Sindile back into his original area.

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