WATCH: Leopard mom helps newborn cubs cross a road

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Latest Sightings.
  • Footage has been released of a leopard helping her cubs cross a busy road in the Kruger Park.
  • The video was captured a few years ago, but only released to the public now.
  • Those who miss the call of the wild during lockdown can take part in virtual safaris, and watch webcams positioned at watering holes.
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A video of a leopard mom helping her newborn cubs across the road, was released by the popular wildlife website, Latest Sightings, last week. Latest Sightings shares videos captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.

The leopard is seeing nudging her two very small cubs across the road while several cars wait.  One of them loses its way in the process, and gets a firm re-direction from its mother.

Watch it here:

The video was captured by a South African family in 2015, but only recently released to the public.

“Early morning, my daughters and I left the camp looking for leopards. They were convinced that there are no leopards in the Kruger, as neither of them had ever seen one.  As we drove, I jokingly convinced them to start singing in the car, to draw the leopards out, and so they did – and to my surprise – it actually worked,”  Thinus Delport (64) told Latest Sightings.

“We hit a traffic jam where a few cars were stationary. It seemed like visitors were looking at a pride of lions. My daughter noticed that in the thicket behind our vehicle, there was a mother leopard trying to move her cubs! It was my daughter’s first visit to the Kruger and she was the first to whip out her video camera. I’m glad she did because I would have been shaking so much from excitement, that the footage might have just been ruined. We stayed and watched as the mother crossed the road first to make sure that all was safe, before returning to encourage her cubs to cross to safety.”

Since the lockdown, the roads are near empty in the Kruger National Park, which recently released pictures of a rarely-seen pride of lions caught napping on the hot tar. 

See also: STUNNING PICTURES: Lions sleep on empty Kruger Park roads

For those who miss the call of the wild during lockdown, many South African game reserves now offer virtual safaris, including Shamwari Private Game Reserve, which will take you on a game drive. There are also livestream webcams available at SanParks reserves. 

See also: You can go on a virtual South African safari to spot the 'Big 5' in real-time from your couch

See also: Mountains, waves and watering holes: The best South African live streams to watch during lockdown

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