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This is the intense moment caught on film of a bold lion sneaking up on an unsuspecting leopard having a nap.
Matthew Poole (26), a professional guide at &beyond’s Kirkman’s Camp in the Sabi Sands, watched this exciting scene play itself out right before him and his excited guests.
“By far the rarest sighting in my guiding career!” Matthew told us.
Matthew continued: “On October 04th 2016, we had started our game drive in search of leopard.
After hearing a male leopard had been found we all got excited and headed into the area.
The male leopard started to walk along the banks of the Sand river scent marking all the way. It was at this moment we noticed the male lion lying in the river on the opposite bank.
I said to my guests 'Can you imagine if these 2 dominant males came together'. It seemed as if my words weren’t cold because shortly after that the male leopard went to sleep and the lion started to stalk him from the other side of the river.”
Matthew stated that he had mixed emotions as this sighting started to unfold.
There was a lot of excitement and nerves building as the male lion started to stalk from across the Sand River.
As the lion got closer to the leopard, Matthew realized that if he caught the leopard, then he would potentially kill it. “At this point I started to warn my guests about what could happen.” But, before they knew it, the lion was right below the sleeping leopard!
Fortunately, the lion didn’t kill the leopard, but the sneaky lion scared the living daylights out of the leopard.
“The lion drove the leopard into a Leadwood tree on the river bank and then had a drink and moved off out of the area”.
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