One hungry little mouse!
extraordinary encounter between a leopond and mouse 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
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.'
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.
But even a gentle shove did 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
patted 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.' ...So the mouse continued to eat the leopard's lunch and show the
leopard who the boss was.
Sheena was brought into the Santago Rare Leopard's 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.
Hunger knows no boundaries...
The encounter between the mighty leopard and the little mouse proves
that both man and animal would go to any extreme to appease their hunger
pangs. While animals who are hungry and are suffering without the
availability of their regular food in their natural habitats would go to
great lengths to hunt for some food for themselves as well as their
young, humans too, especially the extremely poor, would also break all
boundaries when it comes to hunger.
There are millions of people around the world who are in dire need of
food.In countries such as Ethiopia and Somalia they battle daily with
hunger and sometimes watch silently as their loved one's breathe their
last without a morsel of food or water to drink. This is only one side
of the story...On the flip side there are many who have an abundance of
food to select from and struggle to make a choice as to what they should
to eat! Isn't it ironic?
We know how important food and water is for the existence of both
animal and man; so we need to be more aware of the need to ensure that
all living creatures have access to clean water and nutritious food. Do
not turn a deaf ear to the cries of hunger no matter if it is an animal
or human. Hunger pangs need to be appeased .
Perhaps the leopard realised how hungry the little mouse was and let
it have its fill without causing any harm ... Otherwise what couldn't it
have done to the mouse? - Miru