P. Glass (right) and PH Scott Bailey take a quick photo after the leopard charged them and bit Bailey's arm.
By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
PH Scott Bailey was attacked by a leopard during a hunt with hounds this past June. Subscriber P. Glass reports that he was hunting with Bailey of Madiliza Safaris in the Matobo Hills region, just a few miles from Matobo National Park (see Report 10937
). They had been tracking the cat all day, with the dogs losing the scent several times in the dry, rocky ground and tall grass. The dogs finally bayed the cat in a tree. Glass says that the cat jumped down and charged him when it saw the hunters.
Glass says he made a solid shot, hitting the leopard with a 300-grain bullet, but the cat did not flinch. Glass worked his action to reload, never taking his eyes off the cat. By the time he was ready to shoot, the leopard was already on them. Bailey shot the cat, hitting it in the head behind the ear with a 400-grain bullet but missed the brain. The second that Bailey moved, the leopard shifted its focus from Glass to Bailey and fell on him, biting him on the arm. The leopard had Bailey on the ground and was mauling him. Glass shot the leopard off the PH. The entire incident took only seconds, according to Glass. "We put 700 grains of lead into that cat, and he never blinked," says Glass....