By Katy Gill
This is the terrifying moment a leopard launched an attack on a tourist’s car – biting and puncturing their tyre, leaving them stranded.
The scary encounter happened during a trip to Pretoriuskop in Kruger National Park.
Johann Jurgens, director of tour company SouthAfricanBookings.com, was driving the Nissan with a group of tourists inside when they were approached by the deadly cat.
The leopard made easy work of the tyre – making seven holes with its sharp teeth.
And although the group managed to escape unharmed they soon had to pull over and call for help when the tyre completely deflated.
Johann, 38, said: “We were out on an early morning game drive with Chinese visitors when we spotted a female leopard on the road.
“As we slowly approached we noticed a male leopard following her onto the road in close quarters.
“The female proceeded to cross the road and the male started walking straight up to our vehicle parked about 60 metres away.
“Moments later I lost visual of the leopard as he disappeared in front of the vehicle thinking that he probably came up for a sniff and would walk right past us to follow the female.
“About a minute later I felt something bumping the car and that’s when we realised that the leopard was actually biting the tyre.
“After reversing away from the animal to gain some distance he turned his attention back to the female and started walking towards her where she was laying in the grass about 30 metres off the road as if nothing happened.
“It was a definite once in a lifetime encounter, I mean we all drive around for hours and hours hoping to just catch a glimpse of a leopard, but having one come walking right up to you and giving your car a tyre a good old bite is unheard of.
“After many years working and living in the bush I’ve never seen leopard behaviour of this nature and it just made me recall how unpredictable wild animals can be.
“We managed to drive away for a kilometre or two and get ourselves into an open area away from the cats to assess the damage.
“By the time we stopped the tyre was totally deflated. On closer inspection we found seven puncture marks.
“Well clearly the Kruger Park leopards don’t like Nissans.”