The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded By the mouse's behavior.
He said: 'I have no idea where the mouse came from - he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn't take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself.'
A MOUSE with AUTHORITY
The leopard was pretty surprised - she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. The mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened.
And even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill... 'It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked - he said he'd never seen anything like it before.'
Project owner Jackie James added: 'It was so funny to see - Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food.' But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.'
Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie 's late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent's forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.
If you can disregard everything else, for 7 minutes, now, or later during some quiet / personal time - while watching the video at the following link, you will simply have a really nice, enlightening experience, and surely increase the inspiration in your life.
While watching, think of how so many in the world are so
caught up in trying to take advantage of, or control, or harm others -- who are, as we all are, brothers and sisters - which they will realize clearly, at some point, if not in this life, then when then they leave it - (and they could end up eternally ashamed of how they have conducted themselves):
This is cool, this is neat, this is beautiful . . . this is, . . . a taste of God (or His perspective).
Can we keep a portion of the Christmas spirit with us year-round?
When you have some personal (quiet) time, the following will provide some impetus for inspiration - much more valuable than being entertained by some silly sit-com or most common forms of entertainment. Even if you are in the middle of rush rush . . . if you can spend just a few minutes on some of this, it will considerably improve the quality of the rest of your day (as will any of these pages of inspiration).