We receive many “Tings” on our app daily, keeping our community updated with sightings in real-time around parks and reserves in Africa! In one of these “Tings”, a leopard stashes an impala fetus to feed on later and has the mother for the main course!
Once again, the Kruger National Park delivers another spectacular cat sighting! Spring is a popular time of year for wildlife enthusiasts to visit the Lowveld because many of the herbivores give birth with the first rains. The predators take advantage of the influx of helpless babies and heavily laden or, birthing mothers. Sad as these sightings can be to witness, every species needs to eat.
Gerrie Smit from Kruger Gateway Safaris was one of the lucky “Tingers” to have witnessed this incredible sighting on the S65, near Skukuza. Gerrie shared the photographs and story with LatestSightings.com:
“I was at Skukuza waiting for my guests to return from their leg-stretch when a friendly stranger approached me with the location of a leopard sighting they had just returned from. When my guests returned, we made our way to the leopard sighting, hoping to be the only ones there. We were not, but boy, we were so lucky to have seen what we did!”
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“A leopard had been eating an impala, and all of a sudden, it bolted up into a tree and stashed something. I kept photographing but soon realized that the cat had stashed a piece of meat, perhaps for dessert, or a midnight snack. It turned out to be an impala fetus. The leopard then climbed back down and continued feeding on the impala mother.”
Save the best for last
“I have seen many things in my time as a guide, but this was truly unique. It was like the cat knew that this was the good stuff and kept it for later. Much like some humans who save the best for last. The next day the leopard was still in the area – in the tree mostly – enjoying its nap time and allowing for his meal to digest.”
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