These poor warthogs failed to SPOT a cunning leopard sneaking up on them – with one of them ending up as its dinner.
Dramatic video footage of the ambush shows the leopard leaping out from behind a mound of earth and seizing one of the fleeing warthogs. Just seconds before it struck the big cat was silently hiding right behind the entrance to the warthogs’ den, pricking up its ears and moving its head to get a clear line of sight.
The leopard’s excellent camouflage in the savannah made it incredible difficult to spot among the brush.
The Daily Mail reports,
Mr Cocking, 35, from Hoedspruit in South Africa, said: ‘As my guests were big ‘Big Cat’ fans, I thought that they would love to go and see the leopard. Little did we know that the sighting would turn out so spectacularly.
‘We had seen the same male leopard the morning before, and he was looking like he was in need of a meal.’
He said that when the leopard realized what he had stumbled upon he instantly changed from casual to alert.
Mr Cocking said: ‘His initial movement was to go for the second piglet that ran from the burrow, but in the middle of the attack, he changed his mind and went for the third and final warthog that emerged from the burrow.
‘He ended up grabbing the warthog about three meters from my Land Rover.’
Mr Cocking said his guests were delighted to see a leopard make a kill up close, however it did leave them all speechless.
Some people have expressed sadness at the footage, the safari guide said, but many were amazed.
He said: ‘As sad as watching a kill can be, predators do need to eat, and as mentioned, this leopard was definitely in need of a meal.’