Blending perfectly into the surroundings, this leopard displays all his cunning as he launches a surprise attack on an unsuspecting impala.
The big cat is all but invisible in photographs taken seconds before he leaped into action to take down his prey in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
The leopard is then filmed jumping out from his hiding place to catch one of the impalas mid-air as the prey attempts to run away.
The big cat chose the perfect hiding place as it lay in wait for the herd of impala at South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
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The big cat is barely visible in pictures taken moments before it sprung into action to take down its prey in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
But the predator is then seen leaping out from his hiding place catching one of the leaping animals mid-air as it tries to bound away.
The leopard quickly drags the impala away before feasting on its prey behind some rocks in Kruger National Park.
In the run-up to the ambush, the large impala herd can be seen nervously grazing on the plain before one of the animals breaks away from the group.
The cunning leopard had concealed himself in a bush just yards from the impala who were already on high alert.
The leopard could be seen padding around close to the impala before launching his spectacular attack.
Photographer Mario Paul captured the dramatic images during a trip to Kruger National Park and waited for an hour for the ambush to unfold.
After his feed the leopard took a breather, reclining in the sunshine after spending hours stalking the herd of impala.
Mario Paul said: “When I saw him move into those reeds I knew he was planning an ambush attack on an unsuspecting victim.”
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