We have two separate reports on leopard maulings this month. The first is from Botswana were PH Dries Vissers of Dries Vissers Safaris was nailed during a dog hunt for leopard on May 17. According to the hunting clients, Ken and Barbara Leep, the leopard had stopped behind a bush, where it apparently decided to turn and rush their hunting vehicle. Ken Leep managed to get a shot into it as it jumped, but the animal still landed on the hood and bounded onto Vissers. Both went to the ground, where Vissers wrestled with the animal, sticking his hands in its mouth to keep it from his throat. He was able to pin it down long enough for the trackers to finish it off with several blows to the head.
Vissers was rushed to the nearest hospital, about 2½ hours away by vehicle. His wounds were cleaned, and he was given antibiotics, then flown the next day to South Africa where he underwent further treatment. Vissers broke several bones in one of his hands, received numerous bites and lacerations and had an ear nearly torn off. We reached Vissers in his office at press time and he told us his right hand is fine, but he currently has no use of the left one and is scheduled to see a hand specialist. He was also battling infection but hoped to be in good enough shape to at least be present on two other leopard hunts scheduled for July.