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November 2013 Wildland article

24 April 2014

 

...(Read Part 1 of Ziana the female leopard at Shayamanzi)


Leopard mystery project
SHAYAMANZI
Jannie Parsons
Ziana, female leopard spares my life

Part 2 of 2: Fortunately my loyal staff had opened the gate to her camp in the meantime. She had turned around and was on her way back.
The moment she was alongside the open gate I threw a piece of meat into the camp. She heard and saw it, stopped and fortunately trotted into her camp, took the meat and went deeper into the camp. Within seconds the gate was closed and the electric wires switched on. I heard the anxious calls from our magazine guest and staff. I answered in a quivering voice that Ziana and the dear Lord had spared me this time around.
One question remains going through my head! Why hadn’t she killed me anyway, then taken the meat and gone off? The answer will probably always remain a mystery, but I have a gut feeling. Adriaan, my technology specialist, tried to film our guest’s visit in Pretoria with one of the unmanned video cameras. He could film parts of the incident with Ziana and on my still camera there were a few skew and out of focus photographs.

 

While studying the photographs, the video shots and the images of Ziana in my subconscious, we try to unravel Ziana’s mysterious behaviour, who runs towards me but does not attack me. The film material shows that she trotted calmly and did not seem aggressive. Her ears weren’t... (Become a subscriber for more) www.leopard.tv

 

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