SANParks: Photo of cub with civet chosen as winning shot

2012-09-24 00:00

A VETERINARY science student’s photo of a leopard cub that caught a civet cat has been chosen as the winning photo on SANParks’ Facebook page.

Trent Alexander’s “prize” is to have the photo featured as the main picture on SANParks’ website for a month.

Alexander (19), who is studying at the University of Pretoria and is an amateur photographer, took the picture last year during a visit to the Kruger Park, but only recently submitted it.

His family had gone out for an early morning drive from Skukuza to Lower Sabie. About two kilometres from Lower Sabie they saw a leopard and her cub sitting in a small tree, scarcely big enough to take their weight.

After they’d watched for a while, the cub jumped out of the tree, with a civet cat in its jaws.

“It was at this magical moment that I captured the beautiful image of the leopard cub as it ran across a short patch of open ground before leaping into a large jackalberry. We sat for another half-an-hour watching the cub drag and toss the kill around with the mother leopard keeping a close eye on her cub,” Alexander wrote on Facebook.

Hencke Marais of Tshwane nature conservation specialist services said it was uncommon, but not unknown, for a cat to catch another cat.

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