Two Leopard Sisters Mate with Same Male in Rare Video

Published 30 Jun 2018, 09:08 BST
Two Leopard Sisters Mate with Same Male in Rare Video

In this rare sighting, a male leopard is mating with two females who are sisters. Leopards are solitary, territorial animals—so sharing a mate in close proximity is unusual, but a Londolozi Game Reserve ranger observed multiple matings over several hours.

The sisters’ kinship likely made them more tolerant of each other’s presence, and the younger female, just 2.5 years old, is not yet territorial. The older female is now raising a litter of cubs, and it is possible that this mating in November 2017 resulted in the litter.

Read More

explore videos

Animals2:15

The incredible birth of a baby Kangaroo

You might also like

Animals
This sea slug’s mating ritual ends with a stab to the head
Animals
Male squid help choose a home for their mate, first-ever study shows
Animals
Pandas are off China's endangered list. But threats persist.
Animals
Elephants carry their babies for two years, and more astonishing animal pregnancies
Animals
Offspring of one of world's biggest bull sharks found—why that’s so surprising

Explore Nat Geo

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • History & Culture
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Space
  • Adventure
  • Video

About us

Subscribe

  • Magazines
  • Newsletter
  • Disney+

Follow us

Copyright © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society. Copyright © 2015-2021 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved