This was the first sight I had of the impala that was dragged through the bush for about 800 meters. Next to the drag mark was visible tracks of a young leopard that was obviously disturbed from feeding and decided to drag its meal to a more secure sight.
The two problems I had was this, first I was standing next to an impala killed by an leopard that I know was still close by and second I knew the leopard will drag the carcass away from the trail camera with my human smell all over it. I solved both by quickly tying the impala’s horns to the small tree with my shoelace and got myself out of there.
The time laps of me leaving the site and the leopard returning was 45 min, it was getting dark and one clearly see how she struggled to free the impala from the bush to no avail.
The young leopard instinctively now to cover up the carcass with vegetation to try and stop the rotting smell from spreading and attract dangerous animals like hyena and lions.
With the carcass getting older and also starting to smell, it is time for the young leopard to move on. If she get caught of guard by an bigger stronger predator it could mean the end of her existence.
Late in the afternoon on the second day the young leopard had a last sniff at the carcass and was not captured again by the trail camera.
All that was left by the young leopard after her two day feast.