A really wonderful day, started with Shingo and her cubs. Surprisingly I found the cubs with bellies rather full. It means that Shingo must have hunted in the night. Her belly wasn’t as full, she probably let the cubs eat the most of what must have been a small prey. They laid beautifully on a small mound, and it was wonderful to see all seven Cheetahs spread out in the morning sun. Then one of them left the group and came steadily and purposefully towards me. Soon all the others followed him and I was surrounded by Cheetahs, one of the greatest moments of my life, especially as I was down low on my vehicle and I could see them eye to eye at less than a meter. They then played extensively among them before the Rangers came to tell me that I was in a “restricted area”, despite the absence of any sign and the presence of large numbers of livestock, and that I could not stay any longer. These past four days with them have been really fantastic and now unfortunately the dream is over.
So in the afternoon I decided to drive along the Talek river, just outside my tent, to see what I would find. On one remote bend of the river I parked on the banks and scan the surroundings, and found the carcass of a Reedbuck hanging from the branches of a Fig Tree. It was really fresh, so I decided to wait and see what would happen. A few minutes later a Leopard came out of the bushes and climbed the tree next to the one with the kill. I was thrilled. I looked and realized it was Mbili’s daughter, who seems to really love these trees, as I have seen her here many times before. She rested in the evening light and as the sun went down she climbed the other tree to reach her kill and feed. All of this while I was completely on my own, no other vehicles, just the sound of the branches shaken by the wind, the Hammerkop screaming in alarm, with a Leopard too close to its nest.
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