Watch Male and Female Leopard Show Intense Affection in Astonishing Rare Footage

Rare footage captured the moment a male and a female leopard showed affection towards one another after becoming lost and reuniting.

The video, posted to YouTube channel Robin Kruger Videos here, begins by showing a female leopard making a call near the Transport Dam watering hole in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The footage shows the leopards reuniting in rare footage

Robin, who filmed and posted the footage, told Newsweek the female seemed anxious. After driving further around the area, Robin found the male leopard about a mile away, making the same call.

Once they reunite, the video shows the two leopards grooming each other, in a rare display of affection.

Tara Pirie, teaching fellow and big cat expert at the University of Surrey in the U.K. told Newsweek this behavior is "rarely seen" because leopards are often alone, however it often occurs between a mother and her cub.

"The male in the clip looks young and with the amount of contact calling and subsequent grooming, I would speculate it was a mother and son," she said.

A female leopard will give up her independent lifestyle to raise cubs. They keep cubs hidden for around eight weeks, until they are old enough to start learning to hunt.

Leopards can become independent from their mother at just one-year-old. Despite the male in the video being old enough to be independent, Pirie said that sometimes, cubs can stay with their mother for 18 months—and sometimes even two years or more "depending on the circumstances."

Pirie said she once witnessed this point of separation. She saw a mother leaving her two male cubs when they did not answer her call. "They were never seen to be supported by her again after that, although we knew they were alive," she said.

"We have also witnessed a male of 3 years old staying in the area and interacting with younger siblings who were 11 months old and an adult male leopard who we believed was his father! This was quite unusual behavior for leopards," Pirie said.

Robin spoke to a Kruger Park Ranger ranger following the encounter, who said it is possible the male had already been going off on his own for short periods of time to extend his range.

Leopards have unique and distinctive calls, which is beneficial for the solitary species as they are able to recognize one another from far away.

"The mother would know that the time for the male leaving her permanently to live the solitary life of a leopard would soon come, and it was almost as if she was calling him for one last time, grooming him with much love and affection before he finally went on his way. Quite a heart-warming story," Robin said. "I am a regular visitor to Kruger Park, having spent several hundreds of days in the park...this was by far the most satisfying sighting I have ever witnessed, perhaps because it is so rarely seen."

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A stock photo shows two leopards. It is likely the two leopards in the video were related Steve Adams/Getty Images