Elephants save leopard in misery from two hungry lions


Two lions had been intent on attempting to steal a leopard kill on the high of a tree in Sabi Sand Recreation Reserve till a herd of elephants got here to the leopard’s help, ushering the lions away.

‘We had been monitoring a cheetah for a while, following its tracks within the sand, when a name got here by way of on the radio {that a} male leopard had simply been noticed, the Ravenscourt male. So, we instantly aborted our cheetah monitoring and headed towards the leopard,’ Sabi’s head information, FJ Mammes, informed Latest Sightings

Lions can typically be opportunistic and reap the benefits of meals hunted by different predators, similar to leopards, utilizing their energy and dimension to intimidate different predators and scare them away from the prey.

‘As we had been on our means there, one other name got here by way of on the radio that he had killed an impala. In our pursuit of catching a glimpse of the leopard, we had been distracted by the sight of two lionesses. And it seemed like they had been heading in the identical path as us,’ FJ added.

Once they arrived on the scene, one of many lionesses was climbing the tree, which prompted the leopard to drop its kill. ‘The opposite lioness grabbed the kill off the ground and ran off whereas the primary lioness started attacking the leopard.’

‘Simply after we thought it couldn’t escalate additional, a herd of elephants appeared out of the thickets,  sad with all of the commotion disturbing their day. The elephants started trumpeting, which in flip prompted the lioness within the tree to flee.’

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