Wildlife and domesticated animal encounters are not unusual. Matter of fact, many times it happens in areas that were once part of any wildlife’s natural habitat that was then developed into human settlements. There is a good chance these two will likely cross paths as well as their pets. We bring with us civilization while we deprive wildlife of their home so we can build our own and so it cannot be avoided that at some point there will be an encounter.
Many of the accounts we see or hear about wildlife encounters involve animals in both fresh and salt waters; alligators, crocodiles, caiman, whales, sharks, and on land; snakes, poisonous insects, hyenas as well as big cats. One of the more popular big cats that everyone knows about is the Leopard.
In genus Panthera, Leopard is one of five species. A full grown adult male can weigh up to 90 kilograms and can measure up to five feet two inches in length and two feet in height. It can go to top speeds up to 58 kilometers per hour. The leopard primarily hunts during the night and relies heavily on highly developed sense of sight and hearing as it is an opportunistic hunter. This big cat have populations in the sub-saharan African regions as well as in parts of Asia.
Attacks on domesticated animals in less urbanized settlements have been witnessed and. It cannot be helped. It is bound to happen for we have overlapped with the leopard territory. Leopards usually avoid human settlements, however, for a promise of easy prey they might frequent these areas for a snack.
Dogs is by far our favorite pet. One of the breeds that we take a liking of is the Greyhound. Adult males could weigh up to 40 kilograms, measures two feet in length and approximately two feet in height. The greyhound has been originally bred for hunting and coursing deer. It is built for speed and agility reaching top speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour. This dog can easily outrun any humans or predators.
In case of an encounter: a Leopard vs a Greyhound, who would win? It is unlikely for a greyhound to survive in a leopard sneak attack. Because a leopard is a sneaky hunter, it will pounce once the prey is within its five meter attack zone. Even if the greyhound can reach top speeds much faster than that of a leopard its chance of escaping is slim especially when the attack happens at night. The leopard has long claws to hold down their prey, if the greyhound by chance escapes, the leopard must have already inflicted severe damage to it resulting to possibly fatal wounds. In this case, the greyhound just doesn’t stand a chance.