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I learned the other day that my favorite leopard, Olive, had been killed by lions. She had given me hours of great viewing and photographic opportunities. She was an amazing huntress, great mother to her various cubs that she raised to adulthood and even though almost all leopards are quite beautiful, I think she was a supermodel in the leopard world. She was about 12 years old which is getting up there is leopard years but still quite vital and had recently raised more cubs. When I last saw her in 2011 she almost met her maker at the tooth and claw of a big male lion only to escape at the last second...it was only a matter of time before her luck ran out. You have left your legacy in the now adult and almost adult cubs that you raised and will inherit your territory.
Rest in peace beautiful lady...you will be missed.
Eric

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Sep 28, 2013 at 01:35 PM
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That is rather saddening Eric. What a beautiful gal and I remember her name from your postings.................Somehow I was not aware that lions would attack and kill leopards?

You have an incredible tribute to her grace and beauty, sad to see her go and sad to hear about the 80+ elephants killed by cyanide poisoning of their watering holes by poachers

Great images my friend.............a farewell to Olive
Karl



Sep 28, 2013 at 01:51 PM
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Thanks Karl...and yes, the seemingly senseless killing of elephants, rhinos, whales, and other magnificent creatures at the hands of the planet's "smartest" animal is disheartening to say the least. Hopefully Olive went down with a fight....not many predators are fortunate enough to die of natural causes.
Eric



Sep 28, 2013 at 02:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · Olive...RIP


Wonderful photos Eric and sad to hear of her demise.
As a leopard in the wild it seems she had a full life and left plenty of offspring to continue her line.
Martin



Sep 28, 2013 at 03:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · Olive...RIP


Martin Good wrote:
Wonderful photos Eric and sad to hear of her demise.
As a leopard in the wild it seems she had a full life and left plenty of offspring to continue her line.
Martin

Thanks Martin...yes, sad as it is it was inevitable and her genetic line is secure with both male and female cubs having been raised to maturity. I hope to go back to the Mara one day and say hi to those I photographed as littler ones.
Eric



Sep 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
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p.1 #6 · Olive...RIP


A wonderful tribute Eric to an old friend of a different specie.
Douglas



Sep 28, 2013 at 03:55 PM
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p.1 #7 · Olive...RIP


Great homage you have given this special lady and mother . Your absolutely correct, she was beautiful. RIP


Sep 28, 2013 at 04:09 PM
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p.1 #8 · Olive...RIP


Absolutely terrific set of images Eric. Sad story though
Featured thread methinks
David



Sep 28, 2013 at 06:50 PM
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p.1 #9 · Olive...RIP


Isn't it amazing how we can connect with animals in the wild and feel the loss when they are gone.

Wonderful tribute to her Eric, marvelous shots of her and some of her offspring . I hope you do get back to see what she left behind to carry on. She certainly was a beauty .

Birdie






Sep 28, 2013 at 07:17 PM
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p.1 #10 · Olive...RIP


Wonderful tribute Eric. She was a beauty .


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p.1 #11 · Olive...RIP


Your shots are an awesome tribute to a very pretty lady Eric..... beautiful!

Kevin



Sep 28, 2013 at 07:29 PM
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p.1 #12 · Olive...RIP


Geeeesus Eric! You are not having a good month. September has not been kind. Maybe this October you can come up to Oradell and we could get drunk. Oh! That's right ! Neither of us are big drinkers.
Maybe we could get stoned. Oh! That's right! Guys our age don't do that stuff any more.
Maybe we can just take our cameras and and shoot some wildlife and remember that even when bad stuff like this happens, we still have our health, our families and that, essentially life is good.
Be well.

Al



Sep 28, 2013 at 07:51 PM
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p.1 #13 · Olive...RIP


Eric, that sure is a very good looking leopard and a very nice tribute.
Chris



Sep 28, 2013 at 07:55 PM
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p.1 #14 · Olive...RIP


Great set!
My favorite is the head shot on pic #4



Sep 28, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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p.1 #15 · Olive...RIP


Regal cat. Beautiful photos.


Sep 28, 2013 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #16 · Olive...RIP


So sorry to hear this Eric I feel for your loss. Some times I like animals better than human's. All the very best my friend. Ed


Sep 28, 2013 at 09:35 PM
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p.1 #17 · Olive...RIP


awesome images Eric.. sorry to hear about your friend


Sep 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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p.1 #18 · Olive...RIP


What a sad story, Eric. Farewell to Olive and what a great set of Olive's pictures.

- Tam



Sep 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #19 · Olive...RIP


That's a shame to hear, but at least she left a wonderful legacy and lasting impression upon you, as well as others with the photos you took. Life in the wild seldom ends easily, it's just harder when you make an attachment like that.


Sep 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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p.1 #20 · Olive...RIP


A fitting tribute, Eric.
And a whole bunch of excellent images.
Having two out of four canine teeth that have been broken attest to the tough life Olive led; and those probably happened when she WON the battles with prey.
The constant threat of lions and hyenas to her and her young added onto that.
She had a long and successful life, though, and we sure have enjoyed your sharing images of her and some of her babies.
Thanks to you both.
Charlie



Sep 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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