HUNTING IN BRITISH EAST AFRICA
By Percy Child Madeira
There is one other beast which is not often considered in the discussion of the most dangerous animals and yet men who have had experience look upon him when he is wounded with a degree of respect that places him not even second to the lion. I mean a wounded leopard He is the sneakiest meanest hunter and the most cruel ferocious and wicked fighter of possibly any of the cat tribe. His tremendous agility and speed exceed the lion’s. He springs upon a man biting the neck and tearing with his hind claws which are nearly as large as a lion's and before it can be guarded against he has almost disemboweled his victim. I have been told by men who have shot both tigers and leopards in India that they would rather follow a wounded tiger into the jungle than they would a wounded leopard and the number of victims claimed by the leopard would make a large total In Africa. The leopard is rarely seen being a night hunter but when he commences to get in his fine work among the flocks the destruction he causes is almost beyond calculation. A lion will go among a herd of cattle and kill one and be satisfied. But when a leopard gets inside a kraal he will frequently kill every animal within sight from the pure love of killing.
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