Young leopard tests mother’s patience by trying to steal her kill

Posted by Anita Froneman on 14 September 2021

A sub-adult leopard in the Mala Mala Game Reserve in Mpumalanga took its chances by trying to steal a kill from its mother. The youngster followed the female up into a tree where she dragged her impala carcass and proceeded to try and get a bite for itself. However, its mother was having none of it.

‘A rather amusing sighting as we watch the Island female and her cub compete over an impala kill,’ Mala Mala wrote on YouTube. Take a look:

When hunting, leopards stalk their prey very quietly and try to get as close as possible, followed by an explosion of speed in the chase – they can run up to 60km/h, and jump up to six metres high! Interestingly, while they prefer game like antelope, they are not very picky eaters and will also hunt other animals like baboons, hares, rodents, birds, lizards, warthogs and even fish when other prey is scarce.

Picture: Screenshot from YouTube

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