Archive | October 1, 2015

Man Eating Leopards — Yes, There Are, Mainly In India, But Sometimes In Sri Lanka.

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by Anura Guruge


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Leopard: head stuck in pot.

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Click image to access detailed Wikipedia entry — with some sobering pictures.


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From a Sri Lankan paper. Click image to access original — from 2011.


My early morning post about the leopard in India — and my claim that it could turn into a maneater got me thinking. As I did say, I kind of knew that leopards are not, naturally, aggressive towards humans.

And that appears to be the case. But, there are also cases of man-eating, which is a shame.

I LIKE all BIG cats but have a soft spot for leopards. Leopards are the ONLY BIG cats found in Sri Lanka. That seems incongruous when you realize that the Sri Lankan National Flag FEATURES a lion — rampant. WTF? Has to do with the origin of the majority race — the Sinhalese. (And yes, I am, as far as I know, Sinhalese.) The Sinhalese came to Ceylon (the old name) from what is now Afghanistan/Iran etc. ‘Sinha‘, as with the Sikh ‘Singh’, means LION. So we are a race name after the LION that live in a country that only has leopards. And that is why I always though ‘Tamil Tigers‘ was a really stupid name. We have no tigers — but that is par for the course for Tamils. They get easily confused. C’est la vie.

Just thought I will share this with you while it was on my mind. SMILE.


India’s Zuckerberg Shoving Prime Minister, Modi — A Canon or Nikon User?

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Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, pushing aside Mark Zuckerberg, at Facebook headquarters, so that photographers would be able to better capture his grey bearded, ‘Pirate of the Arabian Sea’ visage, deservedly got a lot of media publicity.

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Canon 7D — side view.

But this, by no means, is the only time that the media has caught Modi trying to be the most photogenic subject in the frame. Moreover he is reputed to be quite an avid photographer himself — and that is what intrigues me. I have found two pictures of him with a fairly expensive looking DSLR glued to his face. But I can’t make out the make of it. Yes, I Googled. The consensus is that he uses a ‘near Pro-level’ (albeit APS-C sensor size) Canon 7D (Mk I or Mk II) — though, of course, it is possible that a man of his stature probably could have multiple ‘high-end’ cameras. I am curious. It would be a hell of a marketing coup for any camera maker — having Modi, the leader of the World’s largest democracy being a fan and user. So, IF you know, please let us know.

So here are two pictures, from this GREAT ‘Huffington Post’ article, of Modi the photographer.

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And another, from the same article — this time Modi, at a resort, taking some pictures, as he should.

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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. From the ‘Huff Post’ article referenced (and linked) above.


And of ALL the pictures of Modi looking at the camera
ignoring ALL around him,

this, for multiple reasons, is MY favorite.

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Click to ENLARGE and have a nice chuckle. From the same article as above. You do KNOW that I am originally from Sri Lanka — though I left in 1967 (aged 13.9999 years).


Leopard, In India, With Head Stuck In Pot Is OK — Rescued After 6 Hours.

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In case you didn’t see the video.
This is but one version. Google or YouTube for others.

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Click to access YouTube video.


IF you, like I, was perturbed that the Indians didn’t do anything — GOOD NEWS.

The leopard was tranquilized, by game wardens, the pot removed and it was permitted to go.

Why the Indians acted like a bunch of 5th grade school girls is another matter. They could have roped it and got that pot off. But at least it all ended well.

But 6 hours?

6 hours … for that poor, petrified leopard. I wouldn’t be surprised if it now turns into a maneater — though leopards rarely if ever do that.


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Click to access ABC News coverage.


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