Out of the frying pan and into the fire! Poor zebra brilliantly escapes from the jaws of the crocodile, only to find a hungry leopard on the shore
There’s bad luck and then there’s this! This poor zebra brilliantly escaped from the jaws of a crocodile, only to find a hungry leopard waiting on the shore.
The heart-breaking pictures, taken in Kenya’s Massai Mara nature reserve, show the extraordinary moment a zebra managed to escape from the clutches of a crocodile in the Mara River.
But it was cruelly killed by a bloodthirsty leopard after reaching the safety of the shore – and the croc gleefully joined it to share the spoils.
The photographs were taken by Ingo Gerlach in August 2015, after he waited for several hours observing animals crossing the iconic river.
He said: “A large herd of zebras were already waiting to cross the river but at this point, the water was swarming with crocodiles.
“The zebras spotted them but they had no choice but to cross so after a while they went into the river at a fast gallop – most of them arrived with no problems.
“I saw one get caught but, with its last strength, she managed to rescue herself onto the rocky riverbank and collapsed in shock.
“Just at that moment, a male leopard appeared and, considering its injuries, the zebra had no chance.
“The wild cat attacked its neck to suffocate it and by the time it had taken it down, the crocodile reappeared to share the catch.”