The Infamous Luambe Injured
Over the last few years, many of our guests have gotten to know the infamous Luambe. He was relocated from Luambe National Park, hence his name, some years back and began to call our area home.
Luambe has not always been everyone’s favourite leopard! He started off with a bit of an attitude problem and kept away from vehicles and other leopards. As time wore on, he ventured out and began to make his mark. Luambe is the dominant male leopard of our area, and he certainly has a few scars to prove it. He is not the prettiest leopard around but certainly the bravest. With a face marked with scars and pieces of his ears missing, he has managed to ward off the other males in the area.
Luambe, being the big bully he is, is known for stealing kills. Last season we only saw Luambe make one kill, but we saw him steal plenty from other leopards, particularly Chiphadzuwa.
Although many of us have a love-hate relationship with Lumabe, we were very sad to find out that he had been injured last week. Luambe was found with an extensive wound over his throat. His face was extremely swollen, and we could see that he was unable to swallow, which was causing him to salivate. The one thing he had going for him is that he had recently eaten and had a full belly. We were not able to determine the cause of the injury although our guides have a few theories. Due to the location of the wound, we think he could have been injured in an attempted hunt, maybe from an antelope or warthog. The other alternative is that another male leopard challenged Luambe, although we haven’t found another injured male in the area.
After a week since the initial sighting, we were beginning to worry as no one had found any sign of Luambe. A few days ago our guide Sylvester spotted Luambe in the area of Hippo Hide, the same area he was last seen in a week before. Luambe quickly headed in the bush before Sylvester could get a good look at him. Although we haven’t had a visual of his wounds, he is still alive which is good news. We will keep everyone up to date with his progress.
Below is a video of Luambe’s injury.