Wild Leopard Plays With a Tourist's Foot

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

This wild leopard approached a safari vehicle in Botswana's Okavango Delta. The vehicle's driver, the tracker, allegedly told the tourist not to move to avoid startling the big cat. Two National Geographic Explorers, who are also big cat experts, say this was a risky situation.

Craig Packer said, “The driver should have started the engine the instant the leopard came up to the car.” Luke Dollar hopes that this particular kind of thing doesn’t become regularly tolerated.” When a young leopard approaches a vehicle without negative feedback, it may continue the behaviour in the future. If the leopard eventually attacks someone, it would get put down."