Animals

World’s rarest leopard is caught on camera as the ‘strawberry’ predator is spotted feasting on a dead giraffe

A couple have made the ultimate spot after they caught the world’s rarest leopard chomping on a dead giraffe, a moment never caught before on camera.  

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The strawberry leopard was snapped by a motion triggered camera pinned to a tree in Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve in South Africa

The pictures, taken by reserve owner Alan Watson, 45, and his wife Lynsey, 41, are the first of the pink-hued big cat eating in the wild.

The couple had seen the elusive leopard skulking around the reserve but had never been able to catch it on film.

‘They are so well camouflaged and incredibly elusive. Even these ones, if they were going through the long grass you wouldn’t see them,’ Alan said. 

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‘If she doesn’t want to be seen, you aren’t going to see her.’

In July, Alan found a dead giraffe killed in a thunderstorm and, seeing nothing could be done to save it, he cut it open to attract predators.

He then set up a camera suspecting they might get ‘a few hundred photos of grass moving.’ 

The amazing photos of her feasting on the giraffe were taken in late July.

He said there have been sightings on his reserve of a second one – not yet caught on camera.

‘Our two could be the only two living ones in the wild today,’ said Alan.

‘Obviously I’m hoping there are more.’

Alan said the road is the biggest danger to the recently photographed leopard, because poachers don’t stray into his reserve, where hunting of big cats is banned.


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