Animals Video

This leopard got into a bit of a PRICKLE after being outsmarted by a porcupine.

The predator was taught a painful lesson after launching an attack on two well-armoured porcupines and being left with a face full of quills.

After stalking the spiky duo, the leopard can be seen leaping into action and chasing one of the porcupines before quickly giving up and setting his sights on the other.

The cat pounces and a fight ensues but within seconds the leopard retreats realising his foolish error.

The plucky porcupine quickly escapes leaving the forlorn leopard with the painful task of removing the quills from his face, chest and leg.

The incredible footage was shot by Donovan Piketh during a trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The 28-year-old said: “We were following the leopard as it was just walking along when my friend spotted the two porcupines walking towards the leopard.

“As soon as the leopard saw them it changed into stalking mode and we knew something was going to happen.

“It was a mixture of over excitement and panic as I was trying to get the camera onto video mode and focus on what was going on.

“This was the first time I have ever seen porcupines and what a way to see them.

“The leopard gave chase after the one porcupine and then he focused his efforts on tackling the second.

“He was definitely the one that came off worse for wear that day while the porcupines managed to scurry off unscathed.

“The leopard needed to spend a good few minutes to get the quills out of him.

“Eventually the leopard gave up trying to get the last of the porcupine’s quills out and walked off into the bush.

“I think it was very rare and something you will only ever see a leopard do once.”