Leopard Attack Update – 1


I have received an update concerning the leopard attack. I am not in a position to divulge my source details, but they are verified and correct.

“A necropsy (name for a animal autopsy) was performed on the leopard, it was found to be in very bad condition and the results showed the leopard was severely infected with Bovine TB.

The leopard’s stomach was also examined and showed it had no contents and was completely dry (indicating it had not had a meal in quit some time)

. The Leopard’s skull was sent to Pretoria to be tested and scanned for Rabies and the results came back Negative for rabies.

With regards to the leopard fighting with another, we have had no feedback about this or if this is actually true. (this will be up to SANParks to comment on).”

and …..

“Curtis is doing fine and was released from hospital on Monday 6 July.

He currently has stitches in his arm and has to report back to the doctor in a weeks time for another check up and hopefully have the stitches removed.

His mental state seems to also be fine and will be going back into the Park as soon as he is cleared to do so.”

I hope this helps.

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9 Responses to Leopard Attack Update – 1

  1. Jon Halle says:

    Thanks for the update. I wish Curtis luck and he should get back in the bush as soon as possible.

  2. Angelika says:

    Thanks for the update. It looks like this was a very desperate leopard. And my best wishes to Curtis.

  3. grace blowers says:

    THANKFULL TO HEAR NO RABIES…………….. thank you for the update ……….best wishes to you and glad to hear Curtis mending well and will be back at his duties soon

  4. Pieter Kat says:

    TB is rampant in Kruger. The park authorities do not want to admit this.

    • msomiafrica says:

      Pieter, you are incorrect with that statement. KNP have acknowledged for years that TB is prevalent in the park. It has infected buffalo in the main, lion to a lesser degree. These species are closely monitored and observed and regularly tested. There is, however, no cause for alarm as although infected, the disease hasn’t had adverse effects on the populations as a direct result. It will be interesting once the results are in concerning this leopard to see whether it’s emaciated condition was due to TB or whether there was some other reason. If TB was the direct cause of the leopard’s illness, then there will definitely be cause for concern as leopard haven’t been seen to be infected before.

  5. Jim Duke says:

    Never heard of T.B. in leopards before–that is not to say it is untrue. Clearly the poor fellow was in poor condition and malnourished(due partly to sickness no doubt) otherwise he would not have gone out with all those vehicles. Leopards as we all know are extremely reclusive and rarely seen. The upsetting thing to me was the mindset of the motorists in this case. To the woman in the background screaming like a banshee”Run him over, run him over” she needs her vocal chords cut. And lo and behold that is exactly what was done. Totally unnecessary, he was hardly in a position of conquering the world now was he?!! They failed in their attempt–hence having to later put him out of his subsequent misery and pain. No good stars out on the behaviour and attitude of these “tourists”

  6. Adi Le Roux says:

    What happened is a tragedy for both the leopard and for Curtis, but it is a fact that the safari guides try to get as close as possible to the animals so his tourists get their photos. The tourists expect to see all the animals in one morning/afternoon visit, thus forcing the guides to ensure his clients are satisfied. In order to do so, they radio other safari guides who usually speed to the sighting reported. The leopard surrounded by vehicles, sick (yes TB in Kruger is rife) and hungry attacked Curtis, who on witnessing the condition of the animal should have given the poor beast his space, not intruding into it.

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