After a leopard cub he was recording came a little too near for comfort, a wildlife photographer found himself in a fairly uncomfortable scenario. In the Sabi Sands reserve in South Africa, Dillon Nelson was observing a mother leopard and her 10-month-old daughter when he had a very unsettling surprise.
The mother and cub pair were being photographed by Nelson when the cub suddenly came over to him. The videographer assumed he was at a safe distance, but when he saw the inquisitive cub standing just a few inches away from him, his blood instantly froze. The 25-year-old game ranger kept his composure somehow.
“I was quite nervous but more excited than anything else,” Nelson said. “It’s hard to describe how it felt during the sighting because I was trying to keep calm and take in what was happening.”
When he saw the two leopards climbing up a termite mound while on a safari, the man wanted to have a closer look. Nelson went to get close to the wild cats while the visitors were a fair distance away.
“We were following a resident female leopard and her 10-month-old cub as they moved through a very dense monkey orange and bush willow thicket,” the man explained. “The adult went up on to this termite mound to get a better look at her surroundings, with the youngster following right behind.”
However, when the young leopard proceeded to examine the videographer, things got a little bit heated. The photographer was unable to respond even though he saw the leopard and knew that she was moving toward him.
Check out the thrilling moment below:
The game ranger stated, “I saw her coming, but I already knew it was too late for me to move. “I reasoned that I should just remain still and let her look around. After determining what she needed, she left. A fantastic experience that not many people get to have, for sure.