Animals Video

By David Aspinall

A heroic elephant chased off an unlucky leopard while it was stalking an impala dinner.

Judy Lehmberg was on a tour through the Kruger National Park, South Africa, on June 7 when she spotted some antelope drinking at a watering hole.

Looking peaceful, the antelope were unaware they were being watched by a hungry leopard, crouching ready to pounce in the grass behind them.

Focusing on its dinner, the leopard was also unprepared for an angry elephant, who blew his trunk twice before charging and chasing the big cat away from its meal.

Judy said: “I did feel sorry for the leopard that it didn’t get to make a kill.

“But it did make me laugh because, as soon as I spotted the elephant, I knew what would happen.

“Elephants hate lions and leopards and will not tolerate their presence.

“At first the leopard was so busy concentrating on the impala it didn’t realise the elephant was there, but once it did it was over.

“To me the moral of this story is always be prepared for whatever might, no matter how slim the chance seems, happen next.

“In Kruger you can go from bored out of your mind to ‘oh my god, did you see that’ very quickly.”