The leopard cub heaved a sigh of relief. It seemed murmuring to its mother lying on a tall tree branch, ‘Mom, I am tired, had a hearty meal. Now let me have a slumber’.
The cub rubbed its face to the mother's body and was slipping into a slumber, yet, not disturbed when Dr. Nigil Haroon clicked his camera for a rare frame from the wild.
The scene was from Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. The sanctuary abounds in lions and cheetahs but leopards are not sighted frequently.
Most wild life enthusiasts go after the cheetahs for they attract people by their swiftness or their explosive sprints. The majestic lions roam freely.
He located a leopard on a tree top and slowly approached it and the canines felt his presence.
Dr. Nigil learnt that the big cat was rather tired as it was panting and exhausted. So the leopard confined itself to the tree branch. While the cub from another side of the tree came closer to the mother for feasting on a carcass brought to the tree top by the mother.
It is very rare to get such special moments during a forest travel, observed Dr. Nigil. He kept the frame as a prized catch in his archives but was happy to share with Mathrubhumi Online many other shots also.
Dr. Nigil Haroon, a Malayalee medical doctor practicing in Toronto, has been an expert in wildlife photography. Some of his images have been rated well by the National Geographic.