Eye of the Leopard

Like a replica, the cub copied every nuance of her mother, even her walk. (Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)
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Like a replica, the cub copied every nuance of her mother, even her walk.

We'd heard about suffocation being a technique used by some big cats, but at last we had clear evidence of that.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


Twilight—when dreams can turn to nightmares for cats as hyenas stalk the ground.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


A tree is vital as home, refuge, and when there are lions, a last retreat.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


Her goal is to hide and stay hidden. Scavengers arriving for the dropped bones and blood will mark the end of her feeding time, so she covers every tiny scrap from them.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


Tortillas's message was clear in a very visual way, those teeth exposed to their fullest and most vicious.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


What we didn't anticipate was the quite amazing response to this baby baboon. Instead of killing it, she nurtured it, saving it from a hyena at one point and grooming it.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


The baby baboon responded likewise, following the leopard and finally nestling into its neck for warmth and comfort.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


The eyes of the leopard.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


Resting in a tree.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)


The leopard and her cub slipping away.

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(Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard, Rizzoli, 2009)

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