Heads Up for Tails
Leopards, and bigcats alike, make use of their tails as a form of communication, a way of strengthening social bonds, displaying anger, and for balance.On one of the safaris in Kabini, we were following the Scar-face on a hunt. He was spotted by a langur, who began alarm calling. Immediately the Scar-face gave up the hunt and expressed his irritation raising his tail high into the air, as if to raise a white flag letting the langur know that it could stop alarming as he was no longer trying to hunt.
This prehensile like tail also allows leopards to increase balance and enhance movement while they carry carcass up the trees and their ability to turn sharply when chasing prey.
Isn’t it fascinating ?!! Even just the flick of a tail can allow you deeper into the secretive life of a leopard.