The leopard is pretty shy. If you’re going on night-time drives out looking for wildlife, you’ll be lucky to spot one.
That is, unless you bring along a cranky, whining, snivelling, crying two-year-old along for the fun.
We didn’t learn until later that evening around the campfire what danger we’d been in. The game driver told our game drive companions someone had better stay back with the kid, because it was precisely her high-pitched blubbering which attracted the leopard so much to our vehicle.
Shot near Kruger Park, July, 2003.