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A Leopard in the Kitchen: Excerpt from Bush Vet by Clay Wilson with Tony Park

Bush VetIn Bush Vet, wildlife veterinarian Clay Wilson, with adventure writer Tony Park, share Wilson’s experiences working in the Chobe National Park.

In the following excerpt, made available by Random House Struik, Wilson is called in to help with a wounded leopard who has taken over the kitchen of the hunting camp at the edge of Chobe:

It was October and the air was hot and heavy, expectant with the promise of rain. The grass on the side of the road was long and yellow, almost brittle from the months without moisture. The mopane trees’ butterfly-shaped leaves had turned red gold, but soon the whole park would be rejuvenated and dressed in a lush, green cloak. A fresh start.

Although the road was wide and tarred smooth, the speed limit was 80 kilometres an hour and I stuck to it. I had treated too many wild animals that had been seriously injured on this main route through to the Namibian border crossing. I took a left, on to the dirt road heading south towards the famous Savuti plains.

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