We nearly missed this leopard on our early morning game drive. We were watching her for about half an hour when something spooked the herd of Impala on the opposite side of the road. The Impala ran straight into the leopard.
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Saturday 29 September 2012 — We were on a game drive when we spotted a female leopard on the left hand side of the road not five metres from us. On the opposite side was a herd of Impala. The wind was making the Impala very skittish, but they failed to see the leopard.
Something spooked the Impala, we’re assuming it was the wind, as they ran towards her, she leapt up at great speed and snatched a young impala mid-air!
The kill was quick and the leopard immediately dragged the impala off into a nearby donga.
The barking impala continued to ring out through the bush.
a large, solitary cat that has a yellowish-brown or brown coat with black spots and usually hunts at night, widespread in the forests of Africa and southern Asia.
[Panthera pardus, family Felidae.
ORIGIN Middle English: via Old French from late Latin leopardus, from late Greek leopardos, from leōn ‘lion’ + pardos (see pard).
impala |imˈpalə, -ˈpälə|
noun ( pl. same )
a graceful antelope often seen in large herds in open woodland in southern and East Africa.impala
[Aepyceros melampus, family Bovidae.]
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Zulu i-mpala.
1 S. African & Austral./NZa dry gully, formed by the eroding action of running water.
2 Austral.a temporary, usually transportable, dwelling.
3 Austral.the bush; the remote countryside.
ORIGIN Sense 1 from Xhosa and Zulu udonga; sense 2 is said to stem from an extended usage of the term in the Boer War.