Let Sleeping hogs lie: Leopard kills Snoozing Warthog


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With dangerous predators like leopards roaming the unforgiving terrain, these photos show that it’s no place to be caught sleeping. This dozing boar was snoozing by the water at Kruger National Park when wide-eyed leopard sensed an opportunity for an easy meal.

It quietly stalks its prey and seems unsure if the beast is sleeping or dead, so it tentatively pokes it with a paw, prompting it to awake from its slumber and desperately try to jump up from the ground. But the battle is already lost, and the leopard pins its prey to the ground after a short battle, then wraps its vice-like jaw around its neck. Amateur photographer Lisl Moolman, 41, took the photos in Kruger National Park in South Africa, after spotting the scene through her binoculars.

Moolman, from Phalaborwa, South Africa, said: ‘Some visitors indicated to me that the leopard was lying behind a mopani bush, on the other side of the dam. Through the binoculars I could see it looking intently in one direction.

The leopard approached the oblivious sleeping boar. Blissfully unaware, the warthog only realised his fate when the leopard gently touched him with his front paw. What a rude awakening.

The leopard almost seemed surprised at how easy this was. The whole process from touching it with its paw, until it died, lasted approximately ten minutes. The warthog feebly struggled from time to time, but stood no chance against this strong male leopard.’

The sneaky leopard before the kill

The leopard spots its prey from afar and smells a meal so starts to walk towards the warthog at the Kruger National Park

The dozing boar was in the land of nod when the cunning predator crept up on it.

The leopard seems unsure of whether the warthog is an already dead easy meal or simply sleeping on the dry plain
There’s only one way to find out if the warthog is alive or dead so the leopard pokes a tentative paw at the sleeping creature to see if it can rouse any movement

Amateur photographer Lisl Moolman took the photos in Kruger National Park in South Africa, after spotting the scene through her binoculars.

The hog gets it in the neck

The 41-year-old, from Phalaborwa, South Africa, said: “Some visitors indicated to me that the leopard was lying behind a mopani bush, on the other side of the dam.

The big cat wrestles with its meal

Through the binoculars I could see it looking intently in one direction.

Easy pickings: The lucky leopard sink its teeth in

The leopard approached the oblivious sleeping boar.

There’s no way back for the hog

Blissfully unaware, the warthog only realised his fate when the leopard gently touched him with his front paw.

The leopard has the bit between the teeth

What a rude awakening. The leopard almost seemed surprised at how easy this was.

A spot of breakfast: The spotty leopard drags away its meal

Lisl, a skincare salon owner, took the photos on a trip to the park on July 24.

The leopard can’t believe its luck

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