Its been said that self-defense is nature’s eldest law. That’s the reason we inherently shut our eyes when a fly or any other unwanted and harmful intruder travels closer to our visual sense, and also the reason judicial systems can sometimes pardon killing someone as long as it was in self-defense a lawyer once argued. We respond most times in defense to potential threats while we are partially conscious of their existence.
But then, the fate a leopard suffered recently at Kruger National Park in South Africa speaks more of “uniting to fight a common enemy” than the “acting out of self-defense” it was tagged. As you will see in the video footage below, the leopard was cruelly taught to never attack a safari guide as a safari vehicle and a civilian vehicle took their turn to drive over the animal.
Based on the eye witness statements released by SANParks, traveller24 narrated that Curtis Plumb; a 38-year-old guide representing Nhongo Safari Tours was with about 6-8 tourists on his Open Safari Vehicle (OSV), watching the leopard some two meters from the vehicle. The animal then, cunningly disappeared and obviously went around the driver’s (Plumb) side while the group were still looking out for it. “The guide had relaxed on the OSV when suddenly the leopard” attacked “and grabbed his arm, trying to jump into the vehicle.”
The tourists, apparently in a desperate need to save their guide from the hungry leopard started hitting the animal with “objects they had with them but the leopard would not let go of the guide’s arm.” As the wild cat persists to take a good taste of Plumb’s flesh, other tourists were left with the task of rescuing Plumb and his group of tourists. And instinctively, they drove over the attacking leopard which was eventually put down due to the extent of its injuries.
However, William Mabasa SANParks General Manager, Communications and Marketing took the opportunity to educate tourist on the distance to leave between them and the wild animals. He advised that “when you are in a closed vehicle you can get as close as a meter.” But “being in an open vehicle you need to judge what is a safe distance but the most important thing is to create space to be able to react in any given situation.”