Sometimes in life you just need a little lady luck. We had spent the last 11 hrs on the tracks looking for #leopards
and came up short. Not just short on leopards but just about everything else too! When we finished a loop in the back areas we popped back into the core area at 5:10pm. With the park closing at 6pm, we had to make a choice, do a loop and try to find the female from yesterday or try the other direction where a male had been spotted earlier in the morning. As we turned that direction, we came over a rose and saw a parked Jeep which is step 1 in a good sign. When he flashed his lights, our hopes lit up. As we closed slowly on the location we couldn’t see anything. Was it a fishing owl or a sloth bear or what? We rolled up into this little drainage ditch where this most handsome fellow was taking a drink. Although I would have loved a more head on shot, this was a wonderful ending to a long hot day.