The hunter becomes the hunted: Leopard stalks its prey… unaware another killer cat is preparing to attack it for entering its territory
- One of the leopards was stalking a herd of impala in a South African bush
- Its rival sneaked up behind it and pounced but was quickly flung to the ground
- Attacking leopard chases the other big cat into the bushes with fate unknown
This is the moment a leopard stalking its prey in the bushes is caught off guard when a fellow big cat pounces on it from behind.
The prowling animal became the prey itself when it strayed into another leopard’s territory in footage believed to have been filmed in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
After sneaking up on the distracted leopard, the second animal pounces but is flung to the ground.
The attacking leopard then chases its rival through the bushes.
Unaware: One of the leopards looks into the bushes as it stalks an impala herd, not realising that another of the big cats is waiting to pounce
Silent predator: The leopard sneaks up behind its rival, taking careful steps as the other animal remains unaware it is about to be attacked
At the start of the clip one of the leopards is seen prowling its territory, looking around for prey or animals invading its territory.
The view then switches to a track of dirt, where a young leopard has his eyes on the nearby bushes as he stalks an impala herd.
Concentrating on its prey, it does not see the second leopard standing on all fours a few yards behind it.
The second leopard initially remains still, then takes slow and careful steps towards its rival, stopping abruptly when it fears it is about to be noticed.
Attack: The leopard pounces at its rival as it seeks to defend its territory, leaping at the fellow big cat with its arms outstretched
Turnaround: The attack goes poorly as the leopard who pounced ends up on the ground, giving the other big cat a chance to escape
It moves round the back of the other leopard before it is finally spotted, prompting the surprised animal to bare its teeth as the attacking animal leaps to attack.
The territorial leopard leaps at its fellow big cat but is the first to hit the ground as the two animals spin around.
The leopard who had been stalking the impala makes a run for it after fending off the initial attack, with the other big cat in pursuit.
Leopards are the smallest of the big cats, but are able to sprint to speeds of up to 40mph.
When hunting, leopards use the available camouflage to sneak slowly up on their prey – which can be anything from a dung beetle to a small giraffe – and pounce.