Wildlife Sightings


November 27th, 2013 by Pranad Patil

A Hit and Miss Scenario?

We were driving around in a minibus during an afternoon safari when we came to a halt at a crossroad. There were plenty of deer grazing and lot of monkeys atop the trees around us. From the corner of my eye, I saw a large animal suddenly jump out of the bushes about 40 feet away from us, with cat-like reflexes. It grabbed hold of a deer and jumped back into the bushes.
Before I could tell the guests anything, all the animals around us went into a maddening frenzy, giving non-stop alarm calls. The combined chorus of the Hanuman Langurs, Bonnet Macaques, Spotted Deer and the lone female Sambar was simply deafening.


The Forest in a Frenzy?

The female Sambar walked in the direction that the cat had disappeared (into the bushes) and after sniffing, stepped into the bushes. From the movement of the plants, we could tell she was fighting something.

Moments later, a Leopard jumped onto a tree and a Sambar fawn ran out of the bushes. The injured fawn fell down to the ground after running a few paces.

Sambar-female, Kabini

Sambar with Her Fawn

The alarm calls went on continuously for another 20 minutes. The animals kept staring into the bushes, which meant the Leopard was still there. In a desperate attempt to seize its ‘prize’, the Leopard came out of the bushes once again and tried to grab the helpless (and probably dead) fawn, but the bold mother Sambar once again scared the Leopard that leaped onto a tree.

By this time it was dark and we had to leave as it was nearly closing time. So we never got to know what eventually happened to the fawn, but we knew that we had witnessed an extremely rare wildlife event!

A Hit and Miss Scenario?
Pranad Patil
Growing up in a large, metropolitan city like Mumbai, all Pranad could think of was how to get out of the over-crowded city. After completing a Masters in Business Administration, with Marketing and HR as his major subjects and with a distinction at that, Pranad ignored all the offers he got from the corporate world. Instead, he started working for a small organization in Mumbai that conducted a lot of nature and environment related activities and trips for the urban crowd. He then worked as a Naturalist for a resort in the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve before moving to Orange County, Kabini as a Sr. Executive Naturalist. Pranad is especially interested in wildlife photography and observing animal behaviour.

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