In the bush, you gonna have to think quick on your feet - especially when a lion's around.
One leopard had to think even faster when it mistakenly stumbled into a lioness's territory in Namibia's famous Etosha National Park.
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The interaction was captured on video by French biologist and freelance safari guide Valentin Lavis while guiding two clients on honeymoon and shared it with Latest Sightings.
“One of the reasons I love this part [Olifantsrus] of Etosha is because it is very quiet and you can often have a sighting just for yourself without being disturbed. There was one vehicle parked next to the water - we started to approach slowly and one of my guests said 'lioness!' Indeed it was! A beautiful lioness was sitting in the open not too far from the water. I soon spotted another animal drinking at the waterhole but it looked way smaller than the lioness - a leopard!
“I quickly positioned the 4x4 to provide a good visual for my guests and waited for the confrontation to happen. It took mere seconds when the lioness started stalking the young female leopard who wasn’t even aware of the lioness’s presence at all! We all tensed up and waited, preparing ourselves for the dramatic but truly wild moment that had to follow, and realised that we are the only few people on earth who will experience this right as it happened.
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“I tried to follow the tracks of the leopardess who disappeared after the attack to try and find where she had run off to, we went toward the main gravel road and my client once again spotted her - she was up in a very uncomfortable thorny bush, completely terrified and alert. We stuck around for an hour or so to see if she would finally calm down and come back down from the tree. Sadly she only came about halfway down the tree when it was time for us to return to camp as the gates were about to close.
"All bush lovers can confirm: it’s always like this on safari!"
Compiled by Gabi Zietsman
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