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Leopards mutually grooming.

Clouded Leopards

I recently visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford in Oxfordshire,
with friends from The Wildlife Art Society International.

We spent a sunny day there, and I was pleased to be able to concentrate
on a few animals, getting reference for my pictures.

These two clouded leopards were affectionately grooming each other in the
sunshine, and I took plenty of film to try and capture their movements.
I loved the two pink tongues which came and went!

Afterwards, I drew out the pose in colour pencil on drafting film, and was
pleased to capture something of their closeness in a tight composition:
"A Good Licking".

Clouded Leopards