King Leopard the Benevolent

One Hungry Mouse

I just received this by email from Judith and I can’t resist posting this on my blog.

This is a must read!

This extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santiago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded by the mouse’s behaviour.

He said: ‘I have no idea where the mouse came from – he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. “He didn’t take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself.”

But the leopard was pretty surprised – she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared.

‘In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened . . . but even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill.

It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked. He said he’d never seen anything like it before.

Project owner Jackie James added: “It was so funny to see – Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food.” But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.

Sheena was brought in to the Santiago Rare Leopard Project from a UK Zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie’s late husband Peter in 1989.

The African Leopard can be found in the continent’s forests, grasslands, savannas and rainforests.

4 comments on “King Leopard the Benevolent

  1. How is it that we are supposed to be the most intelligent species yet make war. And here is a lovely example of two of God’s critters who understand and demonstrate All is One. Thanks for sharing this. I love to collect these photos showing various animals who are supposed to be enemies, being loving and accepting of each other. hugs, pat

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