Baby Impala Befriends Leopard At South Africa’s Kruger National Park [Video]
“Leopard Befriends Impala: Unusual Predator-Prey Interaction Caught on Camera,”
The bizarre interaction filmed in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, sees the baby animal nuzzling the cat’s nose and mouth as it lazes in a clearing.
And even when the leopard starts playing a little rough, the newborn makes no attempt to leave – and even follows it around.
The encounter was filmed by game ranger Estiaan Houy, 31, while out on safari with British and American guests. He said: “In all my years of being a game ranger I have never seen such an encounter, nor do I ever expect to see a repeat of it again.
“I felt amazed and honoured to see such a rare and unexplainable sighting.”The impala at no stage showed any signs of distress or fear. Every time the leopard would playfully interact with the baby impala, it would return to the leopard and either sniff its face or push its head against the leopard’s face.