This young, skittish and very protective mum was none too pleased that we had discovered her den site with two, 4 week old cubs.
With her tailing flicking nervously back and forth I had an uneasy feeling and sure enough she started snarling viscously and promptly charged our vehicle,
stopping fortuitously at the fallen log!
.........we got the message and promptly left.
May I also add that I'm not in the habit of scaring flighty leopard mums with cubs from the possibility of abandoning their den sites.
This incident happened so quickly and after we left I had terrible guilt pains.
Much to my relief, I had heard from my guide a week later that they were observed from a much greater distance and found all were still at the den site!

Sth Luangwa NP- Zambia

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