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WATCH: Mother leopard helps cubs cross the road

Being an incredibly elusive and stealthy animal, sightings of leopard are among the favourites for tourists on trips to the game reserve. Most of these sightings are from some distance away, peering at the animal through thick foliage. The rarest kind of sighting would be of a leopard mother and her cubs.

64-year-old Thinus Delport, was on a trip to the Kruger with his daughters when they all had the opportunity to see just this incredible sighting of a mother leopard and her two very tiny cubs crossing a road 6km from Lower Sabie towards Crocodile Bridge.

Thinus told LatestSightings that he was so excited he was likely trembling and is therefore glad it was one of his daughters who grabbed the video camera and captured footage of this rare sighting.

“Early morning, my daughters and I left the camp looking for leopards. They were convinced that there are no leopards in the Kruger, as neither of them had ever seen one.  As we drove, I jokingly convinced them to start singing in the car, to draw the leopards out, and so they did – and to my surprise – it actually worked!” Thinus says with a laugh.

“We hit a traffic jam where a few cars were stationary. It seemed like visitors were looking at a pride of lions. My daughter noticed that in the thicket behind our vehicle, there was a mother leopard trying to move her cubs!!”

We stayed and watched as the mother crossed the road first to make sure that all was safe, before returning to encourage her cubs to cross to safety.”

Thinus explains that he had been coming to Kruger for over 50 years, not once seeing anything quite as magnificent.

“This just came to show that patience really does pay off.”

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