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Is this an April fool?!!!
David J Trevan
Its as serious as my other observations today
.....and it is a real leopard print
The claws are clearly visible and the rear edge of the pad makes it clearly a Crocuta sp.
Why do you think this is a leopard? An idea of the size would help.
There are a few reasons why I don't think this is a leopard:
1: the overall shape of the print is more elongated than the usual rounded cat shape
2: the toe prints are also not rounded as in leopard
3: the claws are very clear and deep, leopards like most cats keep their claws retracted when walking so they don't leave any marks.
The print does look very dog-like so would agree with Joachim that it is more likely a hyena.
The only caveat I would say is it is an old print in soft mud which has dried. This would distort the shape, however it does not explain the claw marks and I doubt it would distort the print that much.
An idea of size could solve this one.
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