WATCH: Leopard plays with baby duiker before the inevitable kill

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Cape Town - shared footage showing how a baby duiker was pinned down by a leopard, then licked and cuddled before it tried escaping which is said to have led to its “inevitable death”.

The video of the duiker caught by the feline predator was captured by teacher and tour guide, Charles Nel, in the Kruger National Park near Byamiti camp. Nel recalls that the group he was with noticed a male klipspringer standing "dead-still on a rock" and looking towards the right. "Suddenly a shrill scream rang out and we glanced towards where the klipspringer was staring. Next moment a leopard jumped up onto the rock with a baby duiker in its jaws.

"It all happened so fast, there wasn’t really time for emotions. I was surprised to see that the cute duiker wasn’t bleeding and that the leopard was just holding it, like a cat playing with a mouse.

“The leopard lay there licking the duiker, which must have been terrifying for the poor thing. Unfortunately, we were unable to know what happened to the young buck as we had to move away for other vehicles to view the sighting," says Nel.

However, based on other reports, "the tragic inevitable happened".