It has been a while since I last saw this big male leopard and fortunately enough for me, on this day he stalked and killed a warthog piglet and started feeding on it at the base of a tree. It was not long before a Spotted Hyena pitched up smelling blood and hearing bones being crunched. The big male took his warthog and made a run for it with the hyena hot on his heels! He eventually found a beautiful Marula Tree and hoisted the kill nice and high up. With the hyena lurking below, waiting for something to drop, Maxabeni stood over his well-earned kill cleaning his face. I was ready and waiting for the moment where he turned his head just a bit more towards the sunrise and with his tongue out, cleaning his mouth.
It all came together just as I had hoped! #leopard#picoftheweek#tongue#bigcats#wildlife#sabisabi - 📷 Franscois Rosslee