Cape Town - In the wild, survival of the fittest determines the order of power. And predators typically dominate this power structure.
But sometimes, even in the wild, the underdog wins.
In a true David and Goliath occurrence, a porcupine has killed a leopard with several fatal stabs with its quills in the Kruger National Park.
The photos were posted to the official SANParks - Kruger National Park Facebook page
by Marga Stevens on Thursday, 17 March. Stevens told Traveller24, however, that the incident occurred a few years ago, on Christmas Day 2012 already. YOU CAN VIEW MORE PHOTOGRAPHS HERE: Porcupine KILLS leopard in the Kruger National ParkWARNING: Photos might upset sensitive viewers
A leopard was also photographed stalking a porcupine in the Kruger National Park much more recently, near the Lower Sabi Camp. The photos were taken by Sharon Thistleton Mealor, who says it was their best sighting in the Kruger.
This is not the first time a porcupine has gotten the upper hand over its predator.
Traveller24 posted photos of a 3.9m African Rock Python that died after eating a large porcupine in the Lake Eland nature reserve in southern KwaZulu-Natal last year. SEE PICS: Python dies after prickly meal
There was also the Londolozi Game Reserve porcupine that defeated a pride of 17 hungry lions in a skirmish. Watch The Porcupine Ward Off The Pride Of 17 Lions HereWhat to read next on Traveller24:
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