Wayne was crouching down when it came; it all happened very fast. The leopard hooked him on the right side of his head and pulled his head into his mouth. Wayne somehow got his hand and arm into its mouth to try and get it to stop eating his head. Wayne managed to throw the leopard off, and the French PH shot it.
Wayne then wrapped up his head on his own, organized the others to get the vehicle and walked there on his own. They drove back to camp, got him into a boat, then flew to Kariba for fuel and on into Bulawayo.
Williamson, we are told, sustained serious lacerations to the scalp and to his left hand and arm. He also fractured his left hand somehow in the process of prying the leopard's jaws off his head. Fortunately, his wife says, before helping with the leopard follow-up, Williamson had the presence of mind to duct-tape a towel around his left arm and put a leather glove over that hand. Had he not done so, the injuries would have been much worse. Luckily, he avoided injuries to his eyes and face.
When we spoke to Williamson's wife she said he was in cheerful spirits, and that he is expected to fully recover and be back to the bush soon. She nervously joked about his CAT scan showing no damage to his skull.
Still in Mozambique, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to deny US import permits for ivory taken in this country is........(continued)