November 2012 Story and photos by Lorenzo Rossi, trainee guide at Kwihala camp Ruaha National Park November 2012
We were parked near a rocky outcrop on the north bank of the Mwagusi sand river. It had rained, and there was a small stream of water – buffalo were drinking and a big troupe of baboons and banded mongooses were foraging in the river bed. Suddenly a leopard sprang out from the outcrop and jumped on a mangoose and killed it.
Fearlessly, the baboons swooped down on the leopard in its exposed position in the river bed.
The largest males came very close to the feline, attacking it from all sides.
The leopard crouched down and snarled ferociously but could not win the battle against so many.
It was too much, the spotted cat abandoned the kill and raced for the rocky outcrop, where it disappeared into a crevice. The baboons were making a great racket and continued for some time, victorious in the battle….
We saw the leopard later, sitting on top of a rock surveying the scene carefully.