Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe

This stealthy leopard leapt out at an unsuspecting impala as a group passed by.

While the prancing deer leap by the Delaporte watering hole in Kruger National Park, South Africa, there appears to be no danger.

Seven of the animals safely pass behind a bush being watched by Bryan Mattice on September 26, the eight is not as lucky.

To the shock of the 35-year-old teacher and the rest of the Wild Wings Safari group, a perfectly camouflaged leopard pounces and tackles its prey to the ground by the neck.

Bryan said: “We had incredible timing and were exceptionally lucky to see something so powerful in the flesh.

“In search of our first leopard, our guide stopped at the waterhole where he had sighted a female leopard before.

“Several impalas were drinking there too.

“Crouching down in a bush, she was completely invisible to the buck.

“When the kill took place, it was incredible.

“I was just amazed at the raw power of nature, especially as our guide said it was extremely rare to see a successful live hunt.”