Its Monday 10th August 2015 and the twelve hour safari

Happy Monday! I hope you are all sitting comfortably and have had a wonderful weekend. This week we will hear from Neil Andrews, who has sent in not one but 2 pieces about his recent visit to the Luangwa so over to Neil for the first installment:

“Although Jane, Ian, Sarah and myself are regular RPS visitors, for all of us this was our first stay at Tena Tena.

With our guide Julius, we were planning the schedule for our trip out to the salt pan, deciding on a ‘normal’ (06.00) start taking a picnic was preferable to a 05.00 start and a cooked breakfast en route.

Barely fifteen minutes from camp we were witness to one of those safari moments that you read about, and that always makes you want to come back for more.

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There in front of us was a most handsome yet hungry mature male leopard. He was sizing up his breakfast … porcupine!

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Actually, it was ‘procupines’ in the plural … THREE, which we did not at first realise as the third was about an eighth of the size of its parents. A little quill ball perfect in every way apart from the fact that a hungry leopard thought it would make an ideal snack.

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The leopard’s attempts to separate the youngster from its mother’s side were rebuffed initially solely by the mother as the adult male porcupine had by now distanced itself from the fray.

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Bravely the mother porcupine sheltered her offspring by her side inhibiting the leopard’s paw sashays to find their mark, moving every which way. Eventually her bravery was rewarded two fold, by her mate returning to her assistance and the leopard’s frustration allowing them enough time to scuttle off, with their youngster sandwiched between them, to the relative safety of thick undergrowth.

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Over a hundred elephants (and twelve hours) later, plus many other great sightings, we found the disconsolate leopard virtually where we had left it, now waiting for night to fall before it went hunting for its next meal – no doubt hoping it would be less prickly!”

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Wow! Thanks Neil for that great read and amazing images. I’m looking forward to sharing the next installment with you all so make sure to tune in next Monday.

Ems

 

 

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