Nobody knew where where the mouse came from – he just appeared inside the leopard enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard.

‘The mouse didn’t  take any notice of the leopard, just went  straight over to the meat and started  feeding himself. ‘But the leopard was  pretty surprised – she bent down and sniffed  the mouse and flinched a bit like she was  scared.

‘In the meantime the mouse just  carried on eating like nothing had  happened…..but 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.’

The mouse  continued to eat the leopard’s lunch and  show the leopard who was the boss.  Just proves no one can push you around  without your  permission.

The extraordinary  scene was captured by photography student  Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard  Project in Hertfordshire.

Sheena the leoparf 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.

H/T Barbara