James Kydd

Shorty was still with his stolen kill, gorged fat and lying sprawled out in the ebony. In the darkness of night, a number of hyenas arrived at the base of the tree, attracted by the smell of the carcass and hoping for any morsels that might drop.

A low growl came from a nearby thicket, which sent the hyenas howling and scattering, and Shorty abandoned his kill and retreated into the blackness. A reaction like that from the hyenas made us think it must have been the approach a male lion, but it was the Camp Pan male that appeared! Did the hyenas run off because of a leopard? Does this powerful male command that much respect? Or did they fear it was lions and decide not to stick around to find out? And what of Shorty? This is pretty much their territorial boundary, but did he know it was Camp Pan and not lions? Was he too uncomfortably full to want to risk a crucial engagement with his arch-rival over the scraps of an impala? Or did he simply back down to the larger leopard? We have seen competing females sharing kills before to avoid a potentially deadly fight. Shortly afterwards Camp Pan found the tree and devoured the rest of the carcass. All in all five leopards had fed on this impala!