Leopard Outsmarts Hyena To Climb Up A Tree

NewsflarePublished: April 25, 2018
Published: April 25, 2018

A leopard outsmarted a hyena to get back up a tree where he had stashed an impala kill in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Upon his return from a drink of water, the male leopard found a hyena guarding the bottom of the tree.

The video shows the male leopard sitting down a few meters away from the tree, staring at the hyena. “We could see that this cat was now strategizing and calculating his next daring move to get back up into the tree while avoiding confrontation at all costs,” the filmer said.

Hyenas are bigger and stronger than leopards. In a one-on-one battle, the leopard wouldn’t stand a chance. The leopard, on the other hand, is a very smart cat and their agility in unmatched. Suddenly, the big cat charges the hyena with a growl, and the hyena unexpectedly gets a fright and moves away from the tree. Like lightning, the male leopard was back up in the tree. The hyena, joined by a second one, quickly came running back to the tree only to realize that they have been outsmarted by the leopard. The hyenas were back to patiently waiting under the tree, hoping for pieces of meat to eventually fall down as the leopard feeds on his meal.

Leopards adopt different strategies while eating to deal with threats from top predators such as lions or hyenas. Male leopards and single females eat their prey as quickly as possible. Mothers with cubs, on the other hand, watch out for possible threats while their young are eating in order to give them enough time to eat their fill.

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