By Jamie Smith

They say a leopard can never change its spots….but this one appears to be trying to cover them up!

Pic By James Gifford/Caters News

The beast was caught on camera making a messy attempt to catch his dinner – diving head first into a muddy pool.

The leopard was caught diving for the fish in the Savute area of the Chobe National Park in Botswana by photographer James Gifford.

Pic By James Gifford/Caters News

James said: “The drying river had trapped hordes of gigantic catfish into diminishing pools, leaving them stranded and at the mercy of any predator brave enough to venture into the mud.

“Having spent many days waiting at these pools, I was finally rewarded when this female leopard, who had been lurking near the pool all morning.

Pic By James Gifford/Caters News

“She strode purposefully towards the water and, thrusting her head below the surface, emerged clutching the writhing catfish at the first attempt.”