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Back Off! by Simbas-pal Back Off! by Simbas-pal
One of the most interesting things I saw on safari was a troupe of yellow baboons attacking a leopard who was hunting in their territory. It may sound gruesome to call the fight interesting, but as a biologist, I found it fascinating to see the behaviors as different species interacted. And clearly, this is Nature in action.

As you can see from this photo, the leopard won the fight. Here, she has killed the dominant male of the baboon troupe and is taking him back to her cubs for dinner. Another large baboon had just grabbed her tail in an apparent effort to help the dead baboon; in a split second, this lady turned and snarled a serious warning at the baboon, telling him to back off and leave her prey alone.

I felt very sorry for the baboon, but the leopard and her cubs ate well that day.

Taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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:iconpanthera11:
Great photo, both in terms of photography and the story behind it.
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Siqeja Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I reckon it was a fair fight - baboons aren't pushovers. That leopard earned and deserved her dinner. Wish I'd been there to watch it, that sounds amazing!
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lenslady Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic capture!!!!!!! I'm planning on going on an African Safari next April and am absolutely thrilled. It's been at the top of my bucket list for years now!!!!!
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:iconsimbas-pal:
Thanks; glad you like the shot!:) I'm very excited for you with your upcoming trip; it was truly a dream-come-true for me, as it is for you. Now that I've been there once, I can't wait to go back! I'm sure you'll see lots of cool things, too, when you're there.:D
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MorkelErasmus Mar 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Amazing sighting!! Wow!
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:iconsimbas-pal:
Thanks so much, Merkel; I'm glad you like the shot. It was an amazing interaction to get to see--I hadn't known about leopards and baboons!:D

(Sorry for the delay in responding; I've been away from dA for a while.)
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GemriQueen Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is cool.
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:iconsimbas-pal:
Thanks so much; glad you like the shot!:)

(Sorry for the delay in responding; I've been away for a while.)
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GemriQueen Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome
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silvercrossfox Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is a great shot! it captures the intensity of the kill.
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