South Africa: Don’t bring a small child along for the game drive

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.

4 Responses to “South Africa: Don’t bring a small child along for the game drive”

  1. August 21, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Do you think there’s a business model in it: hiring out small children to big game hunters as leopard bait?

  2. August 21, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Naw, there’s more money in game drives by keeping them alive – at least I hope there is…🙂

  3. August 25, 2008 at 4:35 am

    If so, perhaps I could start a lending library of sorts?

  4. August 25, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Hi daisysmom – I guess you don’t need me to tell you that’s really twisted, do you?

    I think we’d be great friends.🙂

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