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A family of warthogs were lucky to escape when they were ambushed by a hungry leopard who had been hiding in the tall grass watching them.

Mechanical engineer Jan-Louis Human, 36, and wildlife photo guide Moosa Varachia, 30, filmed the warthog family trotting just a few meters from the perfectly camouflaged big cat in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

His dramatic images capture the moment the leopard came out of hiding and tried to snatch a wild boar piglet for his dinner.

Mechanical engineer Jan-Louis Human, 36, and wildlife photo guide Moosa Varachia, 30, filmed the encounter while on a trail ride near Berg-en-Dal in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The animals scattered across the track and somehow all escaped the clutches of the big cat in the footage shared today.

Varachia and Human said they were on safari near Berg-en-Dal when a squirrel alerted them that a leopard was nearby and raised the alarm.

However, at first they couldn’t see the big cat anywhere.

Mr Varachia said: “After looking for the leopard for a while, Moosa spotted it resting on a low branch of a nearby tree and we stopped our car so we could see it clearly.”

They told LatestSightings.com: ‘Then we saw a family of wild boar walking down the road.

‘The leopard instantly lifted its head and looked at them. We prepared our cameras and anticipated (hopefully) that she would kill.

The boars passed Jan-Louis’s car and continued down the road. He climbed down from the tree and momentarily disappeared into the tall grass.

“As it walked through the grass towards the road, we could see the tip of its tail here and there.”

The leopard leaps from the grass towards one of the piglets as wild boars scatter across the dirt road in the images shared today.

The leopard leaps from the grass towards one of the piglets as wild boars scatter across the dirt road in the images shared today.

They said the leopard crawled to within a few feet of the edge of the dirt road where it lay down and waited “completely camouflaged in the tall grass.”

The filmmakers added: “For some reason, the boars turned around and started walking towards where she was hiding.”

‘In the next moment, there was action. He dove out of the grass and went after one of the little pigs.

All the boars scattered and ran in different directions. He chased them down the road for a few meters before giving up the chase.

Then the leopards disappeared through the tall grass toward the riverbed.

Mr. Varachia has seen many hunts, but he said seeing this one on the road right in front of him made it even more special.

But it was the first time Mr. Human had seen a hunt and he was very excited, saying, ‘Sightings like this are what make it all worthwhile!’

The leopard chases one of the filmmakers' cars while trying to catch the boars.

The leopard chases one of the filmmakers’ cars while trying to catch the boars.


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