This sighting was recorded in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Phil Hankinson was on a game drive when he spotted a leopard hiding in a tree waiting for the right moment to jump on the impala below.
This sneaky beast was sitting on a tree silently before jumping on its prey down below. From the way the poor impala was grazing under the tree, it’s clear that he had no idea what was going to happen next.
Since the smart predator was hiding in the thick branches of the tree, it’s not possible for the animal to spot him. In fact, you can’t see him clearly on the video either.
As soon as the right moment came, the leopard darted out of the tree and took down on the unsuspecting impala grazing underneath. Around him, there were a lot of baboons who seemed to have known that something terrible was about to happen. Their eyes were fixed on the Impala.
No one informed Phil of the encounter. He was just driving in the Park when he came across the baboons who were behaving weirdly. When looked closely, he spotted the leopard in the tree.
He said that he found it really hard to spot the anima. So, he took out his pair of binocularss to see more clearly. And it worked for him.
He was in awe of the sighting that he saw through his binoculars. The big cat was moving towards the trunk very slowly. The Impala was completely unaware of the death hovering over him. A few seconds later, the action happened when the beast jumped on the prey.
The baboons were screaming. Probably they wanted a piece of the prey for them. However, they were not brave enough to get closer to the beast and snatch anything from him. The impala could hardly move under the weight of the leopard. Dust was flying all over the spot.
The baboons kept making a lot of noise for a few moments and then they were quiet. Phil and the other people with him on the vehicle were silent and stunned.
It was a risky move for the leopard. What if he jumped on the horns of impala? This question may be on your mind too.
Typically, when lions or other beasts are very hungry, they are ready to take the risk. Maybe this beast hoped that the Impala would turn away to run for its life. So, the leopard jumped on its back instead of its horns.
In the video, you can see the beast waited until the prey turned away and then went for its jugular. Still, it was a chancy move. It paid off, though.
Not every guide gets a chance to see something like this every day. In fact, most guides manage to record this type of sightings once in 5 years. And this time, Phil was lucky enough to have it on video.
“It’s hard as I really did want to watch it live without the iPhone so I could mentally replay it in my head. Instead, I have to fall back on the images the iPhone captured.
“At this point, I stopped filming. The leopard had started to suffocate the Impala by latching its jaws over its mouth. It took approx 30 more minutes for it to take us last breath, its legs gave one more attempt at life before it fell still.” said Phil.