A vigilant elephant thwarted a leopard’s attempt to hunt an impala for dinner in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
The scene unfolded as the impala drank at a watering hole while the leopard lay in the grass nearby.
Unbeknownst to the leopard, an elephant stood just a few feet away. Initially, the leopard didn’t react to the elephant’s first trumpet warning, as it focused on its prey.
However, after the elephant released a second trumpet blast and charged, the big cat finally acknowledged its cover was blown and retreated.
Judy Lehmberg, who captured the video while on a tour of the park on June 7, expressed sympathy for the leopard’s failed hunting attempt but also found humor in the situation.
Lehmberg explained that elephants despise lions and leopards and do not tolerate their presence.
She added that the leopard was so preoccupied with the impala that it didn’t notice the elephant initially.
Lehmberg concluded that the incident serves as a reminder always to be prepared for unexpected occurrences, especially in Kruger National Park, where boredom can quickly turn into excitement.
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