Kruger National Park - September 2012 - Leopard v Python
Leopard v Python - A Kruger Special
The wonderful thing about visiting a place like the Kruger National Park is that you never know what to expect or what lies around the next corner.
Having been to the park a plethora of times over the past 20 years, I have seen some weird and spectacular things which are seldom spelled out in field guides or advertised in brochures about bushveld adventures.
From charging elephants to the sheer powerful nature with which lions devour their prey, a trip to a place like the Kruger has the ability to spring a surprise at any time.
This was exactly the case for the Campbell-Harris' in early September, when they were lucky enough to witness a leopard take a chance on making a python its next meal.
I was alerted to this unbelievable occurrence by Latest Sightings on Facebook and was fascinated by the cheek of the big cat to take on the lengthy snake without so much as a second thought.
Leopards - being predominantly solitary animals - will pretty much go for anything when hungry, so while an event like this is not uncommon, it shows the beauty of nature that we mere mortals were able to catch it on film.
After biting down on the python next to a water source, the leopard attempted to kill it. However, the might of the snake ensured it managed to get away before hastily slithering into the sanctuary of the water.
We have managed to secure a number of images from this unbelievable sighting for your viewing pleasure, while there is a link below to a video of the entire ordeal.
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To view the video of the leopard taking on the python, click here.