Safari tours can spend hours upon hours just to see a leopard at Kruger National Park, so the tourists guided by Johann Jurgens were treated to a special sighting when they stumbled upon a female leopard being followed by a male leopard who took a particular interest in their tyre.
image/text credit: Kruger Sightings
As we slowly approached, we noticed a male leopard following her onto the road in close quarters. The female proceeded to cross the road and the male started walking straight up to our vehicle parked about 60m away.
Moments later, I lost visual of the leopard as he disappeared in front of the vehicle thinking that he probably came up for a sniff and would walk right past us to follow the female. About a minute later I felt something bumping the car and that’s when we realized that the leopard was actually biting the tyre.
After many years working and living in the bush I’ve never seen leopard behaviour of this nature and it just made me recall how unpredictable wild animals can be. We managed to drive away for a kilometre or two and get ourselves into an open area away from the cats to assess the damage. By the time we stopped the tyre was totally deflated. On closer inspection, we found 7 puncture marks. Well, clearly the Kruger Park leopards don’t like NISSANS!