Look what the cat dragged in!


Posted by Marc on Thu Jan 19, 2023 8:00 am

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An 8mth old male leopard cub drags a Caracal his mum killed, to a tree which he attempted to hoist up. To those here that have travelled to East/Sth Africa, might just know that to see a Caracal is quite special, but to find a Leopard with a Caracal kill let alone a cub is just so rare and unique is something that I'm still in awe. :)
A once in a lifetime sighting!

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by Carol Clarke on Thu Jan 19, 2023 8:11 am
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To even see a Caracal would be a once in a lifetime dream Marc - how tragic that this sighting was one that had been killed. An amazing image of the constant fight for survival that is nature in its many forms.

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by Marc on Thu Jan 19, 2023 8:51 am
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Carol Clarke wrote: To even see a Caracal would be a once in a lifetime dream Marc - how tragic that this sighting was one that had been killed.  An amazing image of the constant fight for survival that is nature in its many forms.

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So true Carol

Conditions up until recently were extremely dry, and with the subsequent lack of game, cats, especially Leopards will seize on any opportunity.
I feel certain that in better times a Leopard whilst it will still stalk and kill smaller cats it's unlikely they would have made a meal of one.
We found the cub next day heartily feasting on this adult male Caracal in the tree above.
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by Mark Boranyak on Thu Jan 19, 2023 9:07 am
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Wow.. Just to see this would be amazing, but to photograph it? Thrill of a lifetime. Outstanding shot.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Thu Jan 19, 2023 11:02 am
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I can't help but be very sad to see this. I know that's the way of the wild, but it's still sad, but definitely unique.

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by Carol Clarke on Thu Jan 19, 2023 11:28 am
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Marc wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote: To even see a Caracal would be a once in a lifetime dream Marc - how tragic that this sighting was one that had been killed.  An amazing image of the constant fight for survival that is nature in its many forms.

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So true Carol

Conditions up until recently were extremely dry, and with the subsequent lack of game, cats, especially Leopards will seize on any opportunity.
I feel certain that in better times a Leopard whilst it will still stalk and kill smaller cats it's unlikely they would have made a meal of one.
We found the cub next day heartily feasting on this adult male Caracal in the tree above.
The drought conditions have certainly contributed much to the desperate changes in behaviour to ensure getting a meal Marc.  Your image does much to highlight the challenges faced by wildlife.  Thank you for that.

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by david fletcher on Thu Jan 19, 2023 1:42 pm
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Remarkable sighting and event Marc. Congratulations. Took the liberty to look at your other images and can only say they are outstanding. Marvellous stuff.
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by Ed Cordes on Sun Jan 22, 2023 8:54 pm
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Great experience captured in an image of a lifetime. Well done.
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