Hungry leopard has to fight off hyena determined to steal its meal

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Battles between a leopard and a hyena had a power lunch.

The two hungry beasts engaged in an epic tug. After the big cat killed it. But found its prey too heavy to drag back.

After baring its teeth at the leopard. One decided to cheekily sneak a few bites.

The leopard grips the zebra carcass in its jaws
The leopard kills the zebra and grips it in its mouth
The leopard straddles the zebra carcass and turns its head
The leopard takes a mouthful of the zebra

The leopard was victorious his kill away. So he could feast in peace.

The culinary tug-of-war was captured at the Masaï Mara Game Reserve.

Mr Renaud said ‘It was exceptional’ to see the food fight.

He said: ‘The leopard had killed a young zebra. But it was impossible to carry it up into his tree.

The leopard at the Masaï Mara Game Reserve
The hyena howls at the leopard and signals
The hyena decides it can’t wait any longer
The leopard tries to move the carcass at speed
Eye to eye: The leopard and the hyena square off over the zebra carcass which they both grip in their jaws and refuse to let go

Several hyenas were attracted to the smell and at first the leopard gave up and walked away.

He then came back and wanted to carry the kill away but the hyenas weren’t going to give up without a fight.

Mr Renaud said after 30 minutes of ‘vicious pulling and gnashing of teeth’ the leopard was victorious and strode away.



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