The Leopard Thought Her Cub Was Safe While She Went Hunting…That’s When The Cold-Blooded Monster Struck
While there is an understanding when warm-blooded animals hunt and kill each other, there’s something almost “evil” when a reptile hunts, kills and eats a mammal. We’d like to think, that because we’re both warm-blooded, that humans and other mammals share a common bond and to some extent, that might me true.
But when it comes to reptiles, snakes in particular, there is almost the feeling of revulsion. For centuries, we humans have even seen the snake, as an evil creature, who possesses a mindless hunger, who will kill without mercy anything that crosses it’s path. To most, the snake is the very personification of evil.
So, that’s why the video below, might strike a nerve for some. A mother leopard left it’s cub safely (or so she thought) in a tree, while she went hunting. She never thought that there was another predator, one that might breach her defenses…the African Rock Python.
Here’s a little background on both of our players:
The African leopard is the leopard nominate subspecies native to many countries in Africa. It is widely distributed in most of sub-Saharan Africa, but the historical range has been fragmented in the course of habitat conversion. Leopards inhabited a wide range of habitats within Africa, from mountainous forests to grasslands and savanna’s, excluding only extremely sandy desert. They are most at risk in areas of semi-desert, where scarce resources often result in conflict with nomadic farmers and their livestock.The African rock python (Python sebae) is a large, nonvenomous snake of sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of 11 living species in the genus Python. It has two subspecies; one is found in Central and Western Africa, the other in Southern Africa. Africa’s largest snake and one of the six largest snake species in the world (along with the green anaconda, reticulated python, Burmese python, Indian python, and amethystine python), specimens may approach or exceed 6 m (20 ft). The southern subspecies is generally smaller than its northern relative. The snake is found in a variety of habitats, from forests to near deserts, although usually near sources of water. The African rock python kills its prey by constriction and often eats animals up to the size of antelope, occasionally even crocodiles. The snake reproduces by egg-laying. Unlike most snakes, the female protects her nest and sometimes even her hatchlings.
H/T – Wikipedia