A leopard on the hunt has proven just how stealthy she can be by using a tree to hunt an unsuspecting springbok and feeding her two cubs.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, South Africa (31 August 2021) – A leopard was filmed mid-hunt and seeing her in action is awe-inspiring!
A video of a leopard hunting in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park has gone viral. It was filmed by Johan Cronje, who was in the park with his family and travelling between the Rooibrak and Kamqua Water holes. He shared the video with Latest Sightings and explained what he saw.
“We went on an afternoon game drive at 15:00, the perfect time of day to see a leopard. We spotted a female leopard in the road, crouched down and extremely focused.”
“She used the sandbank next to the road as cover and slowly positioned herself behind a tree, the springbok had no idea that she was so close and continued to forage. The leopardess swiftly moved behind the tree and came within a few feet of the springbok before making her chase, at this point, it was too late for the springbok to escape and the chase was over within seconds.”
“After a very successful hunt, the leopardess left the carcass in the shade and wandered off to fetch her two cubs.”
“I have seen many leopard sightings in my years but this one was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience! To have the sighting all to ourselves was a bonus.”
Leopards are extremely resourceful hunters and will make use of their surroundings to hunt successfully. They can run in bursts of up to 60km/h. Often taking their prey by surprise, like the video below.