A pregnant warthog tries to defend herself. Aas a wild leopard launches a stealth attack.
Photographer Mike Bailey caught the explosive battle. As he holidayed in the remote Kwando River area.
That battles is between leopard vs pregnant warthog . The leopard tried to get the better of its prey.
But after flipping, clawing, biting and scrabbling in the exhausting fight. The hungry male leopard was left empty handed when a hyena charged at the pair. Leopard make an attempt to cash in on the big cat’s gruelling efforts.
How does a leopard hunt its prey?
They hunt the widest variety of prey. A leopard’s diet can include insects, fish and reptiles.
The battered and bruised mother dashed away in the confusion. Leopard made it to the safety of a burrow.
Retelling the amazing event seen in October said: ‘I have waited for hundreds of hours to see a moment like that. The speed of the event was incredible.’
He added: ‘We watched the leopard about 25 metres in front of us. He was waiting to ambush a burrow used by the warthogs.
After an hour of patiently waiting two warthogs suddenly appeared. Tthe leopard pounced on the pregnant female. During the wrestling match, The leopard tried to bite her throat. The warthog’s head at a distance, to defend himself against against the sharp tusks. ‘
After ten minutes of a wild battle, the leopard seemed to have succeeded in immobilising the warthog. His mouth and fangs around the warthog’s neck. We all then thought that it was finally over when. Ahyena decided to dive into the action. The leopard had to release his grip. The injured warthog managed to escape.
A hyena saving the life of a leopard’s prey,’ the 61-year-old financial executive and grandfather added. ‘I saw it several years ago in the Savute with an impala. The hyenas try to scavenge of the leopard’s hard work. But it distracts the leopard . They have to let go to defend themselves from the approaching dogs. It was very difficult for me to imagine. An animal like a warthog could resist the power. She fought bravely.
The pictures appeared in the May issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine.