Africa is known for its insane and ruthless animal predators. There is a huge food chain in place in the African savanna, and every animal knows to watch out for the big cats that roam the open grasslands.
Witnessing a creature hunting and attacking something smaller than itself is commonplace, but what happens when two dominant animals go claw to claw? This male lion attacking a leopard is nothing short of legendary, and this huge predator has surely met his match.
Slide #6 will have you in absolute awe of these beautiful animals and the skills they use to survive! Don’t wake an African powerhouse if you’re not willing to get scratched.
12. Leopards Are Breathtaking Beauties
Leopards are obviously very nice to look at, but the best advice would be to not get too close. It’s actually recommended to stay far away. These big cats are fast, fit, and powerful, and your chances of outrunning one are pretty slim. This leopard at the Sabi Sands private game reserve is about to get some unexpected company, and things get intense really fast.
11. The Mighty Lion Has Found Some Fair Competition
This male lion spots the leopard off into the distance, and he is immediately interested in his fellow feline. Lions don’t usually go after prey of similar size and strength, but this lion seems to be ready to test his luck and prove his dominance. The next slide shows he is willing to go the distance to get a rise out of the unexpecting leopard.
10. He Begins To Stalk His Purring Prey
This lion is not going to let this go with a fight. He continues to walk towards the unattentive leopard that is sitting calmly on a mound. The cat is out of the bag — the king of the jungle is ready to take over the African savanna. Little does he know, his leopard prey has totally different plans on how to spend the afternoon.
9. The Sleepy Leopard Is More Concerned About A Cat Nap
Naps are one of the greatest luxuries of life, and this leopard is ready to indulge. The leopard gets comfortable and attempts to get some shut-eye, unaware that a male lion is getting ready to make his grand, unwelcome entrance. Slide #7 shows how short-lived this leopard’s power nap turns out to be, despite the animal’s best efforts.
8. The Lion Quickly Approaches The Leopard’s Sleeping Spot
There is no turning back now for this mighty lion and his quest to attack his leopard prey. The leopard still seems unaware of what is happening just below the animal’s resting spot. Slide #4 proves that this leopard needs to think on its feet — and fast — in order to avoid a bad cat fight situation that is close to turning super ugly.
7. The Lion Swiftly Makes His Move
The male pounces on the unexpecting leopard, and the leopard immediately takes a powerful defensive stance. The fight is on, as the lion tries to take advantage of the leopard’s vulnerable position. All that leopard wanted was to soak up some sun and take a nice nap, but it had to turn to this. You have to sleep with one eye open in the African savanna.
6. This Picture Is Worth A Thousand Roars
This action shot of the two cats ready to attack is simply mesmerizing. This has to be one of the most fair-matched fights on the African grasslands. Both animals can — and will — fight to the death. Who will prevail? The next slide shows this intense duel taking an unexpected, downhill turn, and it leaves us all in extreme suspense.
5. The Leopard Takes An Accidental Leap Of Faith
Startled out of peaceful slumber and forced to fight, the leopard falls off the edge of the mound. Although it seems this will put the leopard in a bad position, the animal has a few more tricks up its sleeve. The lion may regret picking on someone his own size — the leopard’s fall doesn’t necessary spell out defeat.
4. Time For This Lion To Formulate A New Plan
The lion looks on as the leopard falls to the ground below and begins to take off running. Everyone — including the lion — knows that leopards are all about the need for speed. They can run at speeds of over 30 miles per hour, and that’s no joke. The lion decides to take a chance, and he goes for the gold.
3. And They’re Off!
The lion decides to do the only thing he can in this predicament. He takes off after the leopard at full-speed in an effort to catch up and finally defeat his prey. This lion came to finish what he started, even if that means chasing the leopard across the African savanna and back. The next slide proves that not all lions get the last laugh.
2. The Leopard Had This Lion Running Laps
Eager to catch up to his cunning prey, the lion runs after the leopard ready to claim victory. The brawl between these two big cats settles down after the leopard jumps up into a nearby tree and sits there, with the lion sitting nearby. The lion and leopard weren’t the only two to witness this eventful chase. They had some bystanders that couldn’t get enough.
1. Some Tourists Had Front Row Seats For The Unbelievable Chase
A group of tourists got more than what they bargained for on their safari. They were led on their tour by a professional guide named Matthew Poole, and all cameras were out to capture the moment. The lion and the leopard were too busy battling it out to notice the onlookers, making it a special sneak peek into the brutality and stamina of the food chain in the African savanna.
Staying at the top of the food chain is a must in the African terrain, where predators are commonplace and always searching for their next meal. The impressive battle between a lion and a leopard proves that it’s every cat for itself out in the wild. Sometimes we even catch a glimpse into their world, like the tourists that got to experience this unforgettable chase in person. Nature can be extremely dangerous and unforgiving, but there is beauty and grace to be found everywhere. Just don’t go picking fights with any leopards and you will be just fine.