One in a million pic of leopard and panther together has gone gangbusters online
We bloody love it when we get a new excuse to talk to you blokes and blokettes about the animal kingdom, so you’d better believe it when we say a photo of a mated leopard and panther doing the rounds online has us all excited. Deadset, any reason’s a good one to talk wildlife and look at some awesome shots of wild animals doing their thing, but seeing that this one is visually striking and a little bit out of the ordinary, we’re almost barring up!
As you can probably guess from the headline, we’re talking about the shots of a pretty bloody interesting feline couple that have been circulating on the interwebs.
You might have seen ‘em, and s**t, you might have even seen some of the drama over people not crediting the photos, but it’s well worth checking ‘em out again.
Seeing as we’ve flagged it, we’ll cover that controversy about the credits real quick. Someone posted it without crediting the photographer – and it seemed like an innocent mistake – and then the photographer Mithun H let him know who had taken the shot. It’s the internet, and we’re sure there was more furore, but that’s the gist of it.
Anyway, let’s get to the photos and see what Mithun has to say about ‘em. He’s been snapping shots of the black panther for a while, and when he got the chance to get a shot of them both, you know he was f**ken frothing for it.
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Vigil on the tree top . A nervous Cleopatra keeps a close eye on the undergrowth where the Tigress Kismet had made a Deer kill. . On hearing the commotion of the hunt curiosity got the better of Cleo who was sitting in the bush stalking the same herd of Deer earlier. Hence she went inside to investigate only to run into Kismet who came out chasing her at full tilt and missed her by a whisker. Cleo managed to latch on to this tall Vertical Teak tree where she was made to spend the rest of the day with the sun beating down. . #kabini #wildlife #leopard #nikon #wild #Natgeo #mithunhphotography #instagood #instadaily #love #jungle #bigcat #forest #wildlifephotography #nature #thebisonresort
“Saaya and Cleopatra have been courting since 4 years now and whenever they are together it’s a sight to behold. I had to wait for six days for this in the same spot since I could hear the Panther and Cleopatra mating about a 100 metres away in the thick undergrowth but could not see them due to limited visibility.”
Yeah, look, we’re not going to assume he was getting too sweaty trying to see ‘em because that’d be rude, but even listening in’s a bit bloody rich. Anyway, it was worth it for the shot, and we’re giving him the benefit of the doubt as to just what he was doing, so…er, you know, he probably wasn’t doing anything too sus. Yeah, nah.
“They had made a large kill and would not move until it was over. That is where the knowledge and years of experience of following and tracking the Panther came in handy. I just had to wait at one of his favourite paths since that was the place he would get her since that was the edge of his territory.”
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The Eternal Couple . Saaya and Cleopatra have been courting since 4 years now and whenever they are together it’s a sight to behold. The forest comes alive as they trot nonchalantly in his fabled kingdom. Usually in the courting pairs generally it is the Male who takes charge and moves around with the female following close behind. But with this couple it was definitely Cleo who was in charge while the Panther followed. . This was shot on a surreal winter morning when a single Deer alarm led me to this breathtaking sight. . #kabini #love #leopard #nikon #wild #Natgeo #mithunhphotography #instagood #instadaily #jungle #bigcat #forest #wildlifephotography #nature #wildlife #blackpanther #melanistic #therealblackpanther #thebisonresort
Mithun actually tracks big cats for The Real Black Panther’ for Nat Geo Wild, and his expertise has clearly let him get some great f**ken shots. Have a squiz.
Final thought: Yeah, nah, as we said above, these are pretty f**ken special shots. You’ve gotta love Mithun’s patience and dedication. After about five minutes, we’d be getting bored stupid. How about you lot; would you have the patience to wait six days for the two big cats to stop f**king or would you call it quits nice and early?
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Video Link: National Geographic UK
H/T: INDIAN EXPRESS.