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Author Topic: Croc attack on leopard at Yala  (Read 5047 times)
chandima
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« on: February 12, 2011, 10:24:23 AM »

Dear all

Sometime during the night of December 4th 2010, a leopard was attacked and killed by a large crocodile at Kota-bandi-wewa, Yala Nationl Park (Block 1)

Few safari groups have seen the croc eating the carcass early morning the next day.
Unfortunately not many trackers know about this incident.
If anyone was able to take a photo of the croc with the leopard carcass, it would be great if shared on this forum.
This is an extremely rare occurrence
thank you
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2011, 11:25:07 AM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2011, 07:59:19 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked indeed   Smiley

Chandima, has someone seen/heard the attack?
Couldn't the Leopard have died of another reason and the croc found the body and was seen eating it the next day?

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2011, 08:30:41 PM »

Hi manu

No one has seen the attack since it had happened in the night.
However the croc eating the carcass was seen by 2 safari operators  i know. (Sugathe and Sumudu- Unfortunately they do not carry cameras). and tourists that were there at the time.

Yes maybe the leopard died of other causes and the croc dragged the carcass to Kota-bandi-wewa.
But by the looks of the photo and the reports from Yala safari operators, it look like an juvenile leopard and he was ambushed when drinking.
(I have info of one photo of the carcass in the water in the croc's jaws. Since it is not my photo i'm arranging for the photographer to post it in this thread).

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2011, 11:07:32 PM »

As requested here are the photos i managed to take.

http://i54.tinypic.com/1zw2qvq.jpg
http://i52.tinypic.com/m9y2wy.jpg

Leopard was already in the water and deceased when we got there but the croc was still thrashing the carcass around very violently. Amazing sight to see nature in full flight but a sad day for Yala to lose a Leopard.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011, 12:10:54 AM »

Awesome
many thanks timp for the photos.
I have embedded the above URLs so the images are diplayed in the thread."
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011, 12:43:05 AM »

Hi chandima !
                   awesome..... nice capture buddy thanks for sharing .
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2011, 12:54:49 AM »

Thank you Sachintha
These photos are actually from timp.
best regards
Chandima
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2011, 03:18:56 AM »

Should thank chandima for bringing this up in to the forum, and timp for sharing photographs
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2011, 12:05:42 PM »

Chandima, timp,
Thank you very much for the sharing this rare opportunity with us...
I feel so sorry about the leopard.... Sad
Rgds
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2011, 01:03:13 AM »

Thanks Chandima for bringing up this rare occurrence to the notice of all of us and many more thanks to Timp for sharing these unique pictures. Goes to show the "Survival of the fittest" scenario in very real meaning.

BR,
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2011, 04:32:46 AM »

Chandima, Timp,
Wow many thanks for sharing.  Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2011, 07:05:48 AM »

Dear All

Just found out that this is a male juvenile of a family unit (Mother and two male, female juveniles) seen around Thalgasmankada, Modaragala, Dharshana wewa area.
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2011, 03:04:40 AM »

Hi All;

Today only I was this thread.
Rare capture indeed, but we lose a magnificent creature.. Survival of the fittest, that happens every minute.
Thx for sharing.

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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2011, 02:03:33 AM »

Thanks a lot for the above photoes...

Other than that I heard some crocodile/leopard collision beginning of the January around warahana road.Did  u have any information about that? 

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