Hung, drawn and quartered: Pictures show moment leopard hung impala from tree

This leopard mum and her cub found a rather novel way to keep other animals away from their food – by hanging it in a TREE.

The body of an impala hangs from a tree

The body of an impala hangs from a tree

After securing the kill and sampling the meat, they decided to save the rest for later.

The incredible pictures were captured by German photographer Ingo Gerlach, in Maasai Mara, Kenya.

The body of an impala hangs from a tree

The body of an impala hangs from a tree

The leopard and her cub struck in the darkness, attacking the Impala with no warning – fast and efficiently.

The mum and her one-year-old cub then started greedily ripping at the Impala while it was still warm.

Once their bellies were filled, the two animals carried the Impala up the 10-metre high fever tree.

The body of an impala hangs from a tree as the leopards look on

The body of an impala hangs from a tree as the leopards look on

This proved a challenge as it required extreme strength on the leopard’s part but proved the perfect way to save their catch for dinner.

The height of the tree meant that hungry hyaenas and lions were unlikely to reach the Impala.

The body of an impala hangs from a tree as the leopards look on

The body of an impala hangs from a tree as the leopards look on

Ingo said: “I waited around six hours to capture this scene. I finally got the opportunity to see the leopards in the late afternoon.

“The light was absolutely sensational. This situation was one-of-a-kind. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

The body of an impala hangs from a tree

The body of an impala hangs from a tree

“It is expensive to travel though the Maasai Mara for a day so as a photographer you really hope you spot something worth it.”