One morning, someone spotted a hoisted carcass deep inside the bush, and on closer inspection, the young Eyrefield male had secured himself a very important and valuable meal. The young male had hoisted the impala right in the middle of Thamba’s habitual patrol route and it was only a matter of time before the male returned to the area. We were lucky enough to witness the first meeting between these leopards of similar age, but very different build. The air was thick with anticipation. As Thamba approached the scent of the meal, we all thought that the Eyrefield male would make for the hills and run away, but in a surprising turn of events, the male charged Thamba in full confidence and there was a stand-off of highly aggressive growling and posturing. Eventually, the Eyrefield male could only watch as Thamba took ownership of his hard-earned meal. The incredible interaction has been captured on video on our YouTube channel here
as part of our Safari Diary Series.