"It is only a leopard".
That could very well have been part of the "most famous last words" book's entries.
I wonder if this oke actually knows what exactly a leopard can do to a person with quite relative ease in less the amount of time you could get to say the word "leopard"?
He would have eaten those words when that "only a leopard" grabbed hold of his skull with the front paws, ripped his scalp from his head and let it hang over his eyes like what Peter Capstick so brilliantly describes as a "wet hairy beret", whilst at the same time gorge out his bowels with those razor sharp dew claws.
The best thing at that stage of the ball game is to wish that the leopard would just bloody well finish you off!
The best is yet to come.
The infection and septicaemia you get from the rotten flesh doing a awe inspiring job in your blood stream after the medical staff have stitched your sorry backside back together again with a 100 or so stitches is something that would make the devil himself hurl and run away.
You are so right, Nicole. People underestimate leopards, too often.
One case in Kruger described in quite some detail how a leopard had taken on 7 adult men, in the South Western part of Kruger, (2 brothers on bicycles returning home from work and then 5 workers in a bakkie straight afterwards just to show that it is not bored with life), re-arranging their profiles in such gory detail that Alfred Hitchcock himself would wash down his whiskey and swipe the perspiration from his forehead when he read about it.
This happened in double quick time and with such precision that very few of the 7 men had even realized what the heck had happened by the time the leopard was stabbed to death by the bakkie driver with a screw driver.
Needless to say the one brother on the bicycle lost half his face together with his ability to see.
Capstick also wrote about a professional hunter whom got chopped into cat chow by "the dappled one". The same plane which flew the injured man out of the hunting concession, carried another pro in to continue the hunting expedition in the other's absence and to take care of the wounded leopard. The plane might as well have waited...
Only after pro number 3 got summoned was the leopard taken care of.
To me it is a toss up between buffalo and leopard as the numero uno
most dangerous animal. But one thing I can tell you is that if a leopard has your number, boy will he make it count. He is a safe bet in making sure that he will make his effort on you a worthwhile one.