Leopard Bests Crocodile

Posted on July 19, 2008  Comments (3)

photo of a leopard killing a crocodile

Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera:

A series of incredible pictures taken at a South African game reserve document the first known time that a leopard has taken on and defeated one of the fearsome reptiles. The photographs were taken by Hal Brindley, an American wildlife photographer, who was supposed to be taking pictures of hippos from his car in the Kruger National Park.

The giant cat raced out of cover provided by scrub and bushes to surprise the crocodile, which was swimming nearby. A terrible and bloody struggle ensued. Eventually, onlookers were amazed to see the leopard drag the crocodile from the water as the reptile fought back.

Eventually the big cat was able to sit on top of the reptile and suffocate it. In the past, there have been reports of crocodiles killing leopards, but this is believed to the first time that the reverse scenario has been observed.

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3 Responses to “Leopard Bests Crocodile”

  1. Dan Freakley
    July 20th, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

    I saw this in the Mirror I think – Awesome photo’s – mother nature at her best hey?

  2. Polina
    July 23rd, 2008 @ 10:11 am

    I’d say leopard was just lucky this time or the crocodile was too small (or too surprized by sudden attack to respond adequately)… Crocodiles are very strong and very fast creatures, it seems to be a unique case when a leopard beats it..

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