Leopard Plays Cat and Mouse with a Mongoose


Sep 14 2016

We all love the moment when nature gives us a good giggle and this is exactly the surprise that 27 year old, Head Field Guide (Balule Game Reserve), Kevin Van Der Linde, encountered when he came across a leopard and a slender mongoose in a clever game of hide and seek.

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Kevin explains to Latest Sightings:

“This was a very rare sighting for all of us (as you might have heard in the video).

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One day we decided to do a day trip through the Kruger, as we mostly do on our off time from the lodge.

 

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We enjoyed a few great sightings starting at Orpen Gate and then stopped at Girvana Dam where we were admiring some Zebra drinking from the dam. Suddenly we looked up and saw another car staring in the opposite direction and saw a leopard sitting under a tree. That's when it all started.....

 

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It was confusion at first as the leopard all of a sudden started chasing something into a ditch and then into and around a bush. We then tried to identify what it was chasing and our one friends thought it was a Dassie (adding more confusion) leading to the excitement when we finally realised it was a Slender Mongoose.

 

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This was an ongoing game raising our excitement levels and curiosity to see how it would play out....

 

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After about 10 minutes of the leopard aimlessly circling the bush, it finally lost interest and gave up, giving the mongoose the opportunity to get away very quickly.

 

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