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An impala lamb and a leopard

Original source: Latest Sightings

It was a few years back, when Anton Kruger and his wife Renate were driving in the Kruger National Park between Letaba River Bridge and Letaba Camp on the H1-6. It is here in an open field that they faltered upon a rather rare sighting of a birth.

Anton says, “My wife is a midwife, so to behold the birth of this impala lamb was especially soul-stirring for her. It’s truly not something you see every day. And just to realise this powerless little creature lifting its head and juddering its huge floppy ears before us – it just beamed over us”.

Unfortunately what Anton and Renate did not realise was that their hearts were about to be broken! The mother impala amidst bonding with her new-born, sensed danger (her nose twitching) and her natural instinct kicked in. She suddenly leaped away, fleeing her little lamb to face its fate all alone.

Just as suddenly as the impala leaped away, a large leopard appeared and Anton says, “My wife was completely emotional; eyes closed, she just couldn’t watch. Throughout she remained in a state of denial that the lamb would remain unharmed. I too, was in a moment of shock”.

Fortunately for leopards or unfortunately for us spectators, leopards and other cats remain opportunists, and with all paws will mostly take an opportunity when it arises! 

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  • Jaap

    I’m wondering-did the lack of smell newborn Impalas are said to have confuse the Leopard initially?

    • Kevin Leo-Smith

      The leopard was unsettled by the car and the people talking the baby impala smells just like any other animal.

  • Karen Bullen

    What stunning footage – heartbreaking but part of the laws of nature. Thank you for sharing this amazing video.

  • S.w. Tsang

    WELL IF I WERE THAT BABY, I WOULD RATHER BE TAKEN BY A LEOPARD THEN A BABOON OR A WILD DOG OR A HYENA BECAUSE ALL THOSE PREDATORS WILL EAT ME ALIVE . AND BABOONS ARE KNOWN TO BLIND THEIR VICTIMS AND LET THEM WONDERING BLINDLY INSTEAD OF EATING THEM IMMEDIATELY . PRIMATES THAT HUNT ARE THE WORSE KILLERS OF ALL . AT LEAST THE MOTHER LIVED ANOTHER DAY TO HAVE ANOTHER TRY

  • UK reader Sandra

    Amazing laws of Nature! We have to remember that we are a part of Nature, not apart from Nature: that does not mean we cannot rise above the more brutal aspects!

  • tore

    Now they need to hack off their faces and post for the other poachers to view!! Justice for Satao!
    پارتیشنپارتیشن اداریدرب اتوماتیککرکره برقی

  • Toto

    Very sad but that is nature survival of the fittest,not survival because you are holding a gun to a chidls head threatening to shoot if not shown where all the valuables are.If I had the choice I would rather work as a conservationist for nothing,rather than make millions poaching, at the end of the day when we leave this earth, we leave with nothing and yes we all leave.

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