Male leopard vs lion pride

MalaMala Game Reserve -Ranger & Leopard

Andrew Batchelor with the Emsagwen male leopard by Bruce Archibald

Every once in a while we share footage shot by Aquavision – South Africa’s premier wildlife filmmakers. These busy and talented folk spend their time searching for the unusual and then documenting their findings for the viewing pleasure of us armchair travellers. They were responsible for the fantastic clip that showcased MalaMala, and more recently offered us a sneak peak at the lives of the reserve’s more secret creatures.

Learning to hunt was the first clip featured from their aptly named Caught in the Act series. Although this installment was shot quite a long time ago, it’s a still a goodie and well worth watching. In it we see the gutsy Tjellahanga male leopard risk life and limb for a free meal. He makes sure to stay well out of sight until the Charleston pride have finished eating before approaching the kill, but no sooner does he arrive at the carcass when one of the lionesses come running back to let him have it. He holds his own until her reinforcements arrive, and then things get a little hairy for the big male leopard. Fortunately a nosey hyena pitches up to see what all the ruckus is about, and inadvertently provides the Tjellahanga male with the decoy he desperately needs in order to make his escape. Make sure to keep an eye out for a cameo appearance by the Newington male leopard as he walks past the vehicle.

Happy almost weekend folks, enjoy!

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