An eleven-month-old leopard cub, who was sniffed out by a hungry hyena, was saved by a tree after having to make a desperate run for its life.
According to the wildlife app, Latest Sightings, one hyena in a pack of four had walked past the young leopard who had been left hiding under a bush by its mother while she went out to hunt.
This nail-biting sighting was captured by an accountant and part-time photographic guide, Moosa Varachia, while on a game drive on the S1 in the Kruger National Park.
Moosa said that they came across this sitting after spotting a male leopard at the Nwaswitshaka waterhole.
“We took some photos and videos and were just about to leave when I looked up and saw a clan of hyena approaching!”
Moosa knew that this situation may not end well for the leopard cub, but kept on filming.
“As this incredible footage shows, the alpha hyena catches the leopard’s scent and turns and retraces its footsteps and tries to hunt out the potential competitor. The young leopard, realising its hiding place has been spotted and that its mother is not around, makes a sprint for safety but being so young cannot reach its adult speed.”
It is said that the hyena, which was an estimated 1.5 meters long, weighing about 45kg, would have easily taken the young cub out when it caught her.
Luckily, the cub spotted a tree and, using its claws, managed to outrun the carnivore that was out to kill it.
“It was an emotional roller coaster and I was extremely delighted to see the cub survive!” Moosa said further.