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Old Nov 30, 2010, 12:49 AM   #1
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The Leopard, one of Africa’s Big Five, is an evasive and solitary animal. In fact, they go out of their way to avoid one another, except when a pair comes together to mate. Males mark their territory with urine and tree scratching points to defend it against other males. When in heat a female leopard attracts males by the smell of her urine. The estrous cycle lasts about 46 days and the female usually is in heat for 6–7 days.A male and female may stay together for several days, during which they will mate repeatedly before parting again.
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Old Nov 30, 2010, 7:39 AM   #2
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Interesting shot. Where was it taken? Which lens and how far away? It seems that would be a rather dangerous time to be around the big cats.
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Old Nov 30, 2010, 1:41 PM   #3
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Wow, I'd agree with Steven...! If there's one time you don't want to be close to big
cats that's it...

Great shot...!
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I would have thought that this would be more nocturnal activity for leopards. You are fortunate to have captured it. As Steven R has asked, how far away were you positioned? Great image!
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It is a beautiful picture..... you must have been really close to them...
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What an unusual thing to photograph...
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Nice documentation of a rarely seen natural behavior. Thanks for posting it.
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