We had driven a short distance having spent around an hour watching three lionesses at a waterhole when we saw a jeep parked at an angle across the road in front of us. Stopping behind to see what the occupants had spotted we were fortunate enough to see a young male leopard cross the road, walk around the jeep and appear in front of us. It then walked down the side of our vehicle and into the long grass beside us.
I tuned around and parked so we could watch the leopard and for the next hour we were privileged to watch him stalk a springbok. Sometimes he stayed completely still, sometimes he prowled, his body rippling as he walked, sometimes he laid down and was completely hidden until next he moved. Closer and closer he got to the springbok and then right at the last minute he stood up and walked away, leaving the springbok alone.
It was only afterwards when talking to others we realised that we had seen very untypical behaviour for a leopard. Usually they kill by surprise not by stalking.
So what did I learn by watching the leopard, what medicine did he bring me?
First of all I learnt the power of moving stealthily, quietly, being unobserved, for throughout this the springbok although alert, had happily stayed where it was and continued to eat. So by moving in this way I can do so without disturbing others.
Secondly I learnt the importance of stopping and being still at times rather than rushing at things.
Finally I learnt that if when you get near your goal you realise that it is either out of reach or not worth perusing then there is nothing wrong with giving up and walking away rather than expending more energy unwisely.