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Of all the rescued cats I worked with (or at least tried to work with!) at the private reserve I was staying at back in 2011 (Limpopo Province, South Africa), none were anywhere near as unsettled as this leopard was, immediately becoming hostile when we approached, though according to his handler this ferocity wasn’t directed personally at me but people in general.

While I very much like pictures with high impact, generally I prefer not to be in situations like these where the subject clearly isn't happy with close human contact, and this male was successfully conveying his feelings in no uncertain terms, so I only allowed myself a few shots before leaving him in peace and moving off to try my luck with somewhat more tolerant felines.

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