Spot of lunch! Leopard makes 45ft leap from branch onto unsuspecting impala
Geronimo! This hungry leopard isn’t hanging around for its lunch – as it swoops down on an unsuspecting impala from an overhanging tree branch – 45 FEET in the air.
This sequence of photographs shows a leopard pouncing down from a tree as an impala trots by.
Without the impala seeing, the leopard lands directly on top of the impala and immediately starts tucking into its freshly caught dinner.
These photographs were taken by Peter Geraerdts at South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
Peter, 48, said: “Around this time of year antelope have to find another source of food, when the grass is stripped, and one source is sausage tree flowers.
“Leopards know this, so some of them perch themselves on a high branch in the sausage tree and wait for the antelope to come and feed.
“I stayed there for over an hour and the leopard attempted to jump onto two bushbucks, but she didnt.
“Until some impala came in and that’s when she made the decision to make the big jump – flying in the air from about 13 metres high.
“The young male impala was dead within 10 seconds, and she walked off with it under a shrub.”