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  • D.J. Richardson

Leopard Print

My first chance to watch this beautiful female leopard in the Linyanti region of Botswana was the evening before these were taken, as she tore into a fresh impala carcass that she had dragged into some bushes. She went straight for the organs, and carefully squeezed the intestines clean before eating them. The light was quite poor, so my photos of that moment were a little disappointing. But the next morning we found her perched on top of a termite mound, resting and digesting. She seemed to sense that we were not a threat, but were actually just admiring her, as she spent the next hour or so lying around, changing positions without ever moving away from us, and rolling around on her back as if trying to encourage an unwise belly rub.

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