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Spots...and stripes...
No, we didn't get that "apex of sightings" (according to the Artificial Heirarchy of Jungle Sightings, developed by wildlife tourists)...no stripes. But on two of the three safaris we went on, we spotted spots. Here's Panthera pardus, giving us a profile pose, nonchalantly:

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However, the first leopard we sighted, was far away, and deep in the jungle:

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but yet we caught sight of it getting up and walking off:

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There were about six jeeps full of people (including the regulation Bright Red Tee Shirt Tourist) watching it:

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The second one was sighted by my friend Yashpal. This was very apt, because before the trip, he'd emailed the rest of us that he was bringing along a special lens for a "decent leopard shot". So of course I started teasing him, asking him, "What if the leopard is not decent? These animals don't wear clothes, you know, they go around wearing only very expensive fur coats."

We were almost at the end of the safari when he sort of choked out, "stop"...and the leopard was climbing down a tree not very far from us. The magnificient male then sat down in the drenched foliage (something I never realized big cats do!) and waited patiently, I think, for us to move out.

After a few minutes, though, he decided he was the one to depart, and so he did....here are the shots of him in the greenery:

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Something else seemed to capture his attention:

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And off he went!

Thank goodness, no one asked us the usual question of "No tiger sightings?" ...it seems that to most wildlife tourists, a safari is incomplete without sighting a tiger.

I'd posted a photograph of the leopard on INW with the comment that someone asked gaur36, "You didn't see a tiger...did you 'at least' see a leopard?"

Santosh Saligram responded:

LOL, the inanity of the uneducated tourist is boundless. Still, that question is a lot better than one I was asked once when a man pulled up alongside our vehicle, which was parked somewhere in the forest on safari.

"Saw tiger?"


"How many?"


(Raising his brow and at a high pitch) "ONLY ONE?"

(Patiently) "Yes, only one."

(Restlessly) "What about the other 23???"

(This reserve is supposed to have 24 tigers.)

Similarly, a tourist had once demanded his money be refunded because his guide "cheated him" by showing "only one" tiger and omitting the other "twenty-odd" that were "supposed to be living there".

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night
You cast on tourists' mood a general blight
If they cannot get your sight!

Here's Mr Leo Pard giving us the "are YOU going or shall I?" look:

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I'd say Mr.Leo Pard is thinking "Are these the creatures mom warned me about ? They don't seem so threatening."

Breathtaking pics, Deebah!

Hey Mr PC want to say au'voir to you...

Breathtaking...you should have SEEN Yash's face after this!

Wonderful photos. The "demanding tourist" is pretty pathetic....I would love to see even one tiger in the wild...or one leopard!

A trip to India must be planned!

You captured the speed of the leopard very nicely.

In the last photo he looks like he's saying "ok, ok...are you DONE with the camera yet?"

I am sure this must be a very much photographed leopard...he was so nonchalant!

Ooohhh -- great shots! That final one is EXACTLY the look my cat gives me when i don't do what he wants!!

I would LOVE to visit India someday.

Do come on over, Judo!

the expression on his face in the last pic is hilarious! you could interpret it in many different ways. my suggestion is:

uhm, the tiger couldn't make it today so i will, uhm, be your sighting for today. (silently: i really don't want to be here either.)

I like your interpretation, N!

OMG you saw this kitty in real life!?!


I always see leopards in Kabini; I think they are used to humans there and are not very elusive.

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