MY JACKET AND A LEOPARD

by Marc de Chalain
(Hillcrest KZN)

Leopard with my jacket!

Leopard with my jacket!

Leopard with my jacket!


A short while back, I was on an open vehicle in the Sabi Sands when we found a female leopard. I had a K-Way jacket with me which I took off and sat on when we stopped, as it was quite warm.


She climbed a tree which she left and began to eat a steenbok kill she had beneath the tree and which we had not noticed. She then carried it to another nearby tree which she also climbed. After enjoying some great moments with her, we let her be, glad about the wonderful sighting and photo opportunity we had all enjoyed.

I noticed after night fall, that my jacket was missing. Our guide promised that we would collect it the next morning. We duly arrived and what did we see?

The jacket. Where? In the tree!!, the one in which she had been when we left her.

Laughs and jokes followed and with binoculars, it was confirmed that it was quite thoroughly wrecked. We then found her again. She climbed the same tree and some horn bills arrived. Without hesitation she began an elaborate display of protecting her steenbok remains and her new plaything......my jacket, or what remained of it, on opposing ends of the trees branches.

She treated it as something of a plaything and then a prey thing. We were most amused and the jokes (at my expense) abounded.

We later retrieved the jacket, once she had left the tree, and the jacket I lost is now a memento to an encounter with a leopard, which looks like the remains of an ex poacher.

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Jun 03, 2018
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Wonderful
by: Hazel

You must be glad the leopard kept the jacket close to the road, otherwise you would always be wondering what happened to your new jacket?!

Jun 01, 2018
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Now we know?
by: Jenny

Wow Marc what a lovely story, its things like this that make the bush so interesting.

Mario and I have often seen bits of clothing, like hats and even a kids toy rhino in the road, now we know what happens to them when we all go back to camp the animals have some fun:)

Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Jun 01, 2018
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Wow!
by: Brian

The moral of the story - don't listen to the guide - go that same night to look for your lost items!

Jun 01, 2018
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Cool!
by: Alan

Amazing pics and experience - I bet you thought you would find your jacket lying in the road where it fell off the vehicle - but the leopard had other ideas!

Jun 01, 2018
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Amazing
by: Jeff

Reminds me of the shirt and knife of Wolhuter that are on display at Skukuza.

May 31, 2018
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks to gh9se who commented. Very interesting experience. Not at all Nick, was very new.

May 31, 2018
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LOL...
by: Nick

I guess it was time for a new jacket!

May 31, 2018
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Nice
by: Yvonne

Great experience!

May 30, 2018
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Fantastic experience!
by: Mario

Great pics and experience Marc!

A hyena chewed my cap in Madikwe - nothing as exciting as your encounter!

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