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Leopard snatches and eats toddler in Ugandan national park 

Leopard snatches and eats toddler in Ugandan national park Ugandan authorities are hunting for a leopard in Queen Elizabeth National park  after it snatched and ate a toddler.  The three-year-old boy had been left in the care of a nanny at the unfenced staff quarters of a safari lodge in the park, when he was taken by the leopard on Friday night. Wildlife authority spokesman Bashir Hangi said the child had followed the nanny outdoors. "The maid was not aware the child followed her. She heard the kid scream for help, she intervened but it was too late the leopard had vanished with it in the bush and a search was mounted until we got the skull the next day," he said. "The hunt is on with the intention of capturing the leopard and removing it from the wild because once it has eaten human flesh, the temptations are high to eat another human being, it becomes dangerous," he added. The sun sets over Lake George near Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth is Uganda's most-visited national park, with tourists flocking to watch leopards roam the Mweya Peninsula, which lies beside Lake Edward. The park also hosts African buffalo, Nile crocodile, lions and chimpanzees.  The attack comes just a week after a British safari park owner was attacked by a lion in South Africa.  Mike Hodge, 71, suffered a broken jaw after he was mauled in Marakele Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi. Mr Hodge had been showing visitors around the park when the big cat charged him and dragged him into some bushes. Video footage of the incident showed terrified tourists screaming for help as the lion mauled its victim. Keepers eventually killed the 10-year-old lion, named Samba, and Mr Hodge was taken to hospital.   Two years ago, in South Africa, a year a six-year-old boy was snatched by a leopard at Kruger National park, but the youngster escaped with his life.  Kellan Denny was playing with his brother on a wall when the leopard sunk its teeth into his shoulder and dragged him away.  However, the leopard let go of the traumatised boy, allowing his father to rush in and carry him to safety.  The incident was the first of its kind in 40 years, according to a spokesman for Kruger National Park. 



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Toddler eaten by leopard in Uganda national park

Toddler eaten by leopard in Uganda national parkUgandan authorities were on Monday hunting for a leopard that snatched and ate the three-year-old son of a female ranger working in the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife authority spokesman Bashir Hangi said the child had followed the nanny outdoors.



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First-Ever Photos Show Wild Lioness Nursing Leopard Cub

First-Ever Photos Show Wild Lioness Nursing Leopard CubThe lioness, Nosikitok, is one of the cats being tracked with radio collars by the NGO Kope Lion in Tanzania. The whereabouts of the leopard cub's mother are not known.



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Incredible 'first ever' photos capture wild lioness nursing leopard cub 

Incredible 'first ever' photos capture wild lioness nursing leopard cub Astonishing photos show a wild lioness suckling a leopard cub in a “truly unique case” in the African Serengeti. A guest staying at a safari lodge in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area captured the images of a five-year-old lioness, known locally as ‘Nosikitok,’ nursing a three-week-old leopard. An incredibly rare sight Credit: Joop van der Linde/Ndutu Safari Lodge via AP Dr Luke Hunter, president of Panthera, a wild cat conservation organisation, said the behaviour was “mystifying”. “I know of no other example of inter-species adoption or nursing like this among big cats in the wild,” he said. “This lioness is known to have recently given birth to her own cubs, which is a critical factor. She is physiologically primed to take care of baby cats, and the little leopard fits the bill – it is almost exactly the age of her own cubs and physically very similar to them. “She would not be nursing the cub if she wasn’t already awash with a ferocious maternal drive,” he added. “It is quite possible she has lost her own cubs, and found the leopard cub in her bereaved state when she would be particularly vulnerable.” The photographs were taken by a guest at a lodge in Tanzania Credit: Joop van der Linde/Ndutu Safari Lodge via AP Dr Hunter believes the leopard may struggle to survive if it remains in the pride, explaining: “It is very unlikely that the lioness' pride will accept it.” He added: “Lions have very rich, complicated social relationships in which they recognise individuals—by sight and by roars—and so they are very well equipped to distinguish their cubs from others. If the rest of the pride finds the cub, it is likely it would be killed.” “Even its early exposure to lion society would not override the millions of years of evolution that has equipped the leopard to be a supreme solitary hunter. “I am sure it would go its own way.” Unusual animal friendships, in pictures The collar was placed on Nosikitok by KopeLion, a Tanzanian conservation group supported by Panthera. This adorable orphaned raccoon thinks it’s a dog Unlikely animal friendships – in 60 seconds 01:12



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