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  • Footage has been released of a leopard leaping from a tree to catch a small buck.
  • The video was released by popular wildlife website Latest Sightings, which shares videos captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.
  • The 'dive' was captured earlier this month by 31-year-old businessman Mikhail Messaris.
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A video of a leopard leaping from a tree to catch a small buck has been released by popular wildlife website Latest Sightings. Latest Sightings shares videos captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.

The footage was captured earlier this month by 31-year-old businessman Mikhail Messaris, who was with his wife, on the Ngobeni loop, off the H14, between Mopani and Phalaborwa. 

 “We arrived at the Ngobeni loop shortly before lunchtime, a time when you would expect the big cats to be fast asleep. We spotted two other vehicles on the loop that had turned off their ignitions, obviously having spotted something.

"A few seconds later we realised they were not looking at the herd of impala on the other side of the bank, but a male leopard standing in a tree sizing up his potential meals grazing below.”

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“Over the next couple of minutes, he positioned himself in a way that would allow him to surprise a steenbok with an aerial attack. He demonstrated true patience by allowing the steenbok to be in just the right spot.

“Then, like a missile, he dive-bombed out the tree and landed directly on top of the steenbok sending the surrounding herd of impala into a complete snorting panic! The leopard then began making this way towards a big tree where he obviously enjoys his meals.”

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“He easily cleared the small stream with his quarry before hoisting his meal. My wife and I have spent a fair amount of time traversing the central region of Kruger Park over the years, but we have had very few and far between sightings of big cats, let alone a hunt!”

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