Chirag Roy

Wildlife Safaris - 8 years ago

Leopard’s Dinner..!

A young Leopardess who calls the abandoned Jamni village her home was seen sitting on the road as we entered the park. What we did not see was that a carcass of a large chital deer was lying next to her on the side of the road under a banyan tree. When the leopard had enough posing for our cameras, she sluggishly got up and walked towards the kill. With no time to waste she buried her head in the carcass pulling its guts out in the open. By this time another five cars had come to the spot. “ Wild dogs, Wild Dogs”!!! I heard a murmur in the car next to me. “Where?” I asked to the driver of the other car, to which he pointed in the direction behind our jeep… I stood up on the seat and there they were. Two scruffy looking wild dogs that seemed a little malnourished had picked up the scent of the dead deer and was heading our way. “Wow how cool would that be, Dholes taking on the mighty leopard”, said my guest with excitement. Expecting an epic encounter between the two I took my camera out of the bag. But what happened next was something we did not expect at all. The dogs stopped at about 30 meters from the carcass , looking a little nervous. Their fanatic whistles could be heard from our car. The leopard who was so far been busy eating her prized meal is also looking straight at them. Her face covered in blood of the dead. A deadly snarl followed by a low growl was enough to make the dogs uneasy. Within a blink of an eye , the leopardess gets up, makes a mock charge , scattering the hungry pair somewhere in the forest. The big cat returns to her kill, reclaiming it by sniffing the carcass and then licking her paw. A job well done. She devoured a few more bits and then slowly crossed the road, went up a Mahua tree and slept.

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