After the intense interaction WE witnessed between Thandi and Shadow in the morning, by the afternoon it became clear who won the duiker carcass standoff. Thandi was seen full bellied and with the kill in sight.
With a new impala carcass stashed in the tree, Thandi was munching and well-fed. With light levels dropping, she descended the tree, had a sip at the nearby pan and meandered off into the night, presumably to her newest, and as of yet unknown, den.
When WE found Thandi the next day, she was in the tree with the scraps of her latest impala kill. After it fell onto the ground, she left her elevated perch, picked up the leftover impala head and trotted down the road with it. Unusual for a leopard, Thandi brought the tiny carcass back to her new den site- the trunk from a fallen down tree. The cub eyed her from the safety of the den as she continued to eat it. Later in the afternoon, after a very hot day, Thandi’s little one journeyed outside of the tree trunk and joined her on the limb. Watching the two of them enjoy each other’s company was a true Christmas present.