In today’s world, everyone seems to want a piece of the selfie trend – including leopards. A young female leopard nearly succeeded in stealing a photographer’s camera while trying to snap a selfie.
Shannon Benson, a wildlife photographer, was capturing images of the playful leopard in South Africa when the animal started toying with her camera.
The leopard and her sister were orphaned after their mother’s tragic death but were fortunately rescued and raised with some human interaction. This explains the young leopard’s friendly behavior towards Shannon.
The Australian photographer took a few close-up shots of the leopards before they grew older and their behavior became more unpredictable. In one heartwarming image, the leopard can be licking Shannon’s hair as she snaps photos.
Shannon shared her experience: “They were already quite cheeky, and she was swatting the camera and trying to take it off me. I was shooting with a wide-angle lens, so she was only centimeters from my face.”
Now adults, the leopard sisters have been relocated to a nearby conservation center with ample space to roam and explore.
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