Leopard chases bat-eared fox

Written by: Corlette Wessels

While in the Kgalagadi I saw her… it could only be a leopard with a long tail like that. I could not believe my luck. It looked as if she was stalking something. I looked and looked but I could not see a thing.

I looked with my camera (600mm lens) and my binoculars but I still could not see what she was stalking. She went down very low until she was behind a dead tree and waited there for a few seconds. She did not move. Then she bolted forwards and only then I saw what she was stalking; a bat-eared fox lying in the sun.

The fox bolted down its hole and the leopard dived in afterwards down the hole. The leopard’s entire body disappeared into the hole with only the tail sticking out. I waited, wondering to myself did she get it? The leopard came out and then dived back again and by now my heart was beating so fast!

Eventually the leopard came out, shook off all the sand, stood at the entrance of the hole for a few seconds in disbelieve and then walked off into the dunes… she missed.

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  • Wessel Wessels

    And as always the Kalahari alarm (Crow) was there also. Really good pictures captured by my wife

  • Wendy Hawkins

    Beautiful pictures Corlette, but I’m glad the little Bat-eared Fox got away, they are so beautiful, as is this magnificent leopardess. Enjoy & send us more please. Thanks AG

  • Bob

    There seemed to be a bird as well on the left…unlike most bigcats, leopards kill abd EAT oter smaller carnivores…in comparison the much bigger lion only kills them and left them for dead…

  • Donna

    Great pictures but I am glad the fox got away!!

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