WATCH | A lion stalks a leopard – but misses out at the very last second
- Video of a lion trying to ambush a leopard has been released by wildlife website Latest Sightings.
- The male lion spotted the leopard from more than a kilometre away.
- The footage was captured in the Greater Kruger National Park.
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Video of a lion trying to ambush a leopard who had let its guard down has been released by wildlife website Latest Sightings. Latest Sightings shares videos captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.
The footage was captured by Ahmed Laher, 36, who is host at the Sabi Sands, and his guest Shaida Sayed. The duo was on a safari at Arathusa Safari Lodge, in the Greater Kruger National Park.
The male lion spotted the leopard from more than a kilometre away, and slowly crept up to it, according to Laher.
"While on a morning drive near the lodge we found a leopardess relaxing under a tree, we sat and watched her for about 20 minutes. She eventually got up and was in stalking mode and very focused on what was ahead of her," he says.
"Another vehicle mentioned that there was a lion heading in her direction but was quite a distance away at the time. She kept looking out while stalking impala and unknowingly was being stalked herself.
"After about 15 minutes of watching her we got a visual of a huge male lion behind us, slowly closing in on her, at that moment we knew it was time to be quiet and watch two of the big 5 in one sighting and see what was about to unfold!"
"It was nail-biting as he kept getting closer and closer. He was silent and closing in on her inch by inch, we were all silent. As he got to about 10 metres, he darted towards her with such speed but the leopardess' reflexes were faster and she managed to escape by a split second!
"She ran into terrain that she knew would be to her advantage and up a tree to the highest point where she knew a lion would have no chance of getting to her."
Laher adds that the lion took a nap under the tree waiting for her, but he eventually got tired and wandered off.
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