Brave Mouse with a Leopard, Photographed by Casey Gutteridge at Santago Rare Leopard Project, Hertfordshire [Email Forward]

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This mouse playing with death when it tucked into the lunch of a hungry leopard.

Seemingly unaware of the beast towering over it, the mischievous rodent grabbed at scraps of meat thrown into the African Leopard's enclosure. But instead of pouncing on the tiny intruder, the 12-year-old leopard, called Sheena, appeared to be afraid of the daring mouse and kept her distance. At one stage she tried to nudge the mouse away with her nose, but the determined little chap carried on chewing away until he was full.

Brave Mouse with a Leopard, Photographed by Casey Gutteridge at Santago Rare Leopard Project, Hertfordshire

The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded by the mouse's Behaviour. He said, "I have no idea where the mouse came from - he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn't take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself. But the leopard was pretty surprised - she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened."

Brave Mouse with a Leopard, Photographed by Casey Gutteridge at Santago Rare Leopard Project, Hertfordshire

...but even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill... "It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked - he said he'd never seen anything like it before." Project owner Jackie James added, "It was so funny to see - Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food. But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on..."

Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie's late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent's forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.

Brave Mouse with a Leopard, Photographed by Casey Gutteridge at Santago Rare Leopard Project, Hertfordshire

...so the mouse continued to eat the leopard's lunch and show the leopard who was the boss!!!!!

21 comments :

  1. Impressionnante tes photos, superbe reportage animalier

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  2. Wow! That is a wonderful story and wonderful photoes! That middle one particularly, is just so amazing!

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  3. Very sharp shot and clear..nice.

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  4. Wow what a surprising encounter that should have been for both of us... And who said that predators could no have some compassion... magnificent post with wonderful capture! Congrats

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  5. Et bien magnifique photo un peur peur mais enfin merci il est superbe

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  6. Bhavesh, thank you for sharing this. I just love it. It makes me smile. Go mouse! :)

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  7. Amazing photographs of a strange occurance.

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  8. Bhavesh, that is wonderful! I love it!!!!

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  9. My God, I love those photos. May I take them?!

    Helo! Thaks for your visit to my blog :))
    Well... I was hungry, the internet doesn't go on, grrrrrrrr.... I felt like an hungry tiger...
    eheheheh!...

    Kiss you friend.

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  10. Hi Delirius, Yes you may take them; just link back to this page :)

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  11. Ola

    Linda foto do leopardo.

    Adoro estes felinos.

    beij

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  12. Thank you my friend, I've just taken them.

    Kiss you

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  13. lucky you.

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  14. Very brave, or his last act of defience

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  15. I LOVE YOUR BLOG YOU YES REALLY GOOD PHOTO
    GRAPHY
    LUIZA GOIANAPOLIS

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  16. excellent photos of bigcat n mouse.

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