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Rockfig jnr leopardess has given birth

By Patrick O’Brien on November 30, 2009

I have great news to share with all that known this beautiful leopardess of ours. Rockfig jnr leopardess is a mom for the first time.

This was confirmed on Sunday when she laid in front of the vehicle. In the first image one can clearly see the characteristic brown patch around the nipple of Rockfig jnr. This indicates that her cub(s) have been drinking from her.

I found her feeding on a grey duiker antelope, which she had in a tree. Feeding lasted 2 days before she disappeared in the Machattan River. I suspect that the cubs must be very close, as in typical female leopard habitat they tend to stay close to the cubs for the first few months.

We are all very excited and can‘t wait to see the new cubs. But I am afraid this will be at least a few weeks before we will see the new cubs.

We will definitely keep you posted of any new developments. Till then take care from a soaked and clammy bushveld.
Rockfig jnr leopardess By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com
Rockfig jnr climbing a tree. By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com
Rockfig jnr climbing a tree. By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com
Rockfig jnr climbing a tree. By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com
Rockfig jnr climbing a tree. By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com
Rockfig jnr climbing a tree. By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com
Rockfig jnr climbing a tree. By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com
Rockfig jnr climbing a tree. By Patrick O‘Brien - mandevo-wildlifephotography.com

7 thoughts on “Rockfig jnr leopardess has given birth

  1. Hi Patrick, that is FANTASTIC news !!

    Looking forward to seeing pics of her cubs. Thanks for sharing.

    Stay well, stay safe.

    Moira.

  2. Hey Patrick,

    That is great news! Everyone must be very excited . . . looking forward to reading about/when you discover the cubs once they come out of hiding. I hope she will make a great mother.

    I love the 2nd to last shot of her climbing the tree with tail extended.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful news,

    Todd

  3. How wonderful!!!!! Hope they have a good survival rate. We look forward to seeing all the newcomers in August.

    Joy in Camarillo CA

  4. Hi Patrick,

    Fabulous photos,as always. Am really excited about the cubs. Can’t wait to see them!

    Be Well and stay dry:)

    Chris from California

  5. Hi Patrick,

    Fabulous photos,as always. Am really excited about the cubs. Can’t wait to see them!

    Be Well and stay dry:)

    Chris from California

  6. Awesome pictures Patrick! It was especially fun to see this posting since I was fortunate to be in the vehicle when you took these photos. Thanks for a fabulous time- You and Albert ROCK!!!

    Take care and I hope to be back some day soon 🙂

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