Leopard flies out of tree to nab young antelope

Leopard is spotted high in a tree where it pounced on its unsuspecting prey below. Photo is a screen grab from the video

Leopard is spotted high in a tree where it pounced on its unsuspecting prey below. Photo is a screen grab from the video

Leopards are known for climbing trees, and they possess amazing strength that allows them to carry the prey they kill into the tree branches to eat in peace without having to share or fight off other predators. Sometimes they even use trees to hunt unsuspecting antelopes that just happen by.

Watch what happened in a national park in Zambia when a safari tour stopped after noticing four antelopes eating under a tree. A leopard can be spotted at the very start of the video high up in the branches (the real action begins at the 2:25 mark when something alerts the antelopes, one of which runs off):

"That thing can fly from where he's at right there," a guide tells the tourists at the start of the video provided by 100100 Channel, which posts wildlife videos from African safari clients.

Antelopes feed under a tree inhabited by a leopard. Photo is a screen grab from the video

Antelopes feed under a tree inhabited by a leopard. Photo is a screen grab from the video

As you can see, the leopard proved the guide correct, quietly and quickly flying down from the tree limb, after waiting 10 minutes, and pouncing on the unsuspecting antelope, clearly the youngster of the group.

At the end, the video is also shown in slow motion, and even then you can barely make out the leopard's leap.

The other antelopes hightail it to safer ground. Unfortunately, the young one didn't get the memo.

"Wow," says a tourist. "That is unbelievable."

Simply put, it's nature in action.

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