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After following this 20 month old leopard for much of the morning she settled in a tree for a nap during the 100+F midday sun. After our lunch and siesta at around 3:45pm we were going to look for other critters when we got the call she was looking with some interest at some kudus. So, change of plans...we headed back to the tree we had left her at (the one with the snake) and after a minute or so she alighted from the tree (unfortunately on the wrong side to get those shots) and stealthily moved into the thick brush. Some impala had wandered into the area and apparently she was more interested in these antelope which are much smaller but still formidable for a young leopard. We waited and then out of the corner of my eye I saw here lunge for a impala...GOT 'EM! Our driver gunned the engine and we got our front row seat for the main event.
You gotta love a leopard that takes a full grown male impala and does it in the golden hour!
Please take a look at the videos...a few are under 20 seconds but one goes on for 10 minutes and is unedited. If you are upset by images of animal predation please do not view but for the record, there is no gore. Death occurs by asphyxiation and by compressing the carotid arteries...it is relatively quick and silent.
Eric

1 Eye spy with my little eye






2 On the move






Video 1 click on thumbnail


Video 2 click on thumbnail


3 First shot...we are still moving






4






5 wide mouth on the carotid artery






6 The death stare






7 Moving down to the throat






8 Applying some torque






9 Grip released the end has come






10 Licking its lips...you can see there is no blood only a crease in the neck






11 Very satisfied






12 Checking for thieves
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8 Applying some torque






9 Grip released the end has come






10 Licking its lips...you can see there is no blood only a crease in the neck






11 Very satisfied






12






13 Licking the wound...remember the tongue is almost like sandpaper






14 I am sure it is telling me that sharing is out of the question






Video 3 click on thumbnail













Nov 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM



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