[imagesource: Johan Cronje]
Sometimes, your meal is rather fortuitously delivered to you.
You might recall that recent video of an impala stumbling onto mating leopards, which is a decent example.
Usually, though, securing your next meal requires a skilful hunt, which Johan Cronje was fortunate enough to witness while visiting the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park.
It’s one of the finest places in the country to witness the big cats in action, and you get the feeling that the leopard below benefited from the hum of the car engine, so everyone’s a winner.
Other than the springbok.
Getaway reports that the Kgalagadi Leopard Trust managed to identify the leopard as Ithemeleng, a mother with two cubs:
That really is a wonderful sighting.
While we’re daydreaming about spending time in the bush, there’s also this video, shared recently by Latest Sightings:
Once a year, every year, in July, there is a leopardess that comes to a waterhole named De Laporte. This waterhole is a mere 6km from the Skukuza camp in the Kruger National Park. She is famous because, over the years, she has perfected taking advantage of the thirsty and un-alert animals for her hunting.
The De Laporte Leopard, for 3 days, every day, lay and waited for the perfect opportunity. Finally, on day 3, two impalas approached her while she was performing a perfect ambush. She jumped on one impala with one intense pounce, catching it mid-air, but her claim on the impala was challenged by a rival hyena.
Gerrie Smit was on hand to film the showdown:
Great perseverance to end up with the hard-earned kill.
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