Yesterday we received a call saying that a leopard had been killed in Kimana, a neighbouring ranch to ours. We rushed to go and see what had happened. When we arrived we found that it was in fact a cheetah (the two are often confused).
It had been speared and its paws removed. Our first thought was that the claws must have been taken to sell at the market, as it was the day before Kimana market day, and this was where we were offered lion teeth and claws a month ago.
Game scouts removed the head, so that no one would remove the teeth to sell them too. It is very worrying that this trade of animal parts seems to be becoming more and more common here.