In a spot of bother: lucky photographer gets up close and personal with leopard
Look out for the PAWparazzi! This leopard might appear to be pouting for a selfie – but it’s actually a clever shot taken by brave wildlife photographer Russell McLaughlin.
The South African snapper was allowed to get up close to this captive leopard to take some intimate snaps.
Russell was allowed into the Tshukudu Game Reserve in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, privately owned by a friend, to take the pictures and says the leopard seemed very interested in coming for a closer look at what he was doing.
He said: “The second I walked and the leopards saw my camera and were all over me and it.
“They took to me as their new play toy.
“After many photographs of the leopards swatting at my hands and the camera, one emerged as if the leopard took its own selfie.”
Russell realised he was lucky to be allowed this close to the leopards and said the fact that they were hand-raised in captivity meant they may have been more placid than usual.
He said: “This particular leopard was in captivity due to the fact that her mother was caught and killed in a poacher’s snare.
“Her and her sister were brought to Tshukudu by the Leopard Conservation Trust in order to look after them and give them a fighting chance to adulthood.”