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I got this by email and thought of sharing it with you :-)   The astonishing spectacle of a leopard savaging a crocodile has been captured for the first time on camera.     All pictures by Hal Brindley/SOLO Syndication A series of incredible pictures
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Leopard Takes Down a Crocodile


8th August 2008
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Wildlife, South Africa, Crocodile, Leopard

I got this by email and thought of sharing it with you :-)

 

The astonishing spectacle of a leopard savaging a crocodile has been captured for the first time on camera.

 

leopard and croc

 

All pictures by Hal Brindley/SOLO Syndication
A series of incredible pictures taken at a South African game reserve document the first known time that a leopard has taken on and defeated one of the fearsome reptiles.

 

 

 

leopard and croc
The photographs were taken by Hal Brindley, an American wildlife photographer, who was supposed to be taking pictures of hippos from his car in the Kruger National Park

 

leopard and croc

 

The giant cat raced out of cover provided by scrub and bushes to surprise the crocodile, which was swimming nearby. A terrible and bloody struggle ensued. Eventually, onlookers were amazed to see the leopard drag the crocodile from the water as the reptile fought back.

 

leopard and croc

 

With the crocodile snapping its powerful jaws furiously, the two animals somersaulted and grappled. Despite the crocodile's huge weight and strength, the leopard had the upper hand catching its prey by the throat. Eventually the big cat was able to sit on top of the reptile and suffocate it.

 

leopard and croc

 

In the past, there have been reports of crocodiles killing leopards, but this is believed to be the first time that the reverse scenario has been observed.

 

leopard and croc
Mr Brindley said: 'I asked many rangers in South Africa if they had ever heard of anything like this and they all said no.

 

It just doesn't make sense. The meat you get out of a crocodile is just not worth the risk it takes a predator to acquire. The whole scene happened in the course of about 5 minutes. Then the leopard was gone. I drove away, elated in disbelief. It may have been the most amazing thing I've ever seen.'

 

leopard and croc

 

Ellie Rose, a reptile keeper at London Zoo, said: 'Normally, crocodiles are well able to defend themselves against attack. I can't think of any examples of this happening before.'

 

leopard and croc

 

UPDATE: I did some further research and found the website of the guy who took these shots. He's called the Hal Brindley and and go to this page on his site to see how it all started.

 


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12th October 2009
Tina

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amazing!!!

28th March 2009
rajvinder 6 upm

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YO, IT'S SO COOL!

22nd November 2008
Jordan

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I bet the croc just owed his hos some money. crocs love that spotted poon

22nd September 2008
Edwin.

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Guys...anything is possible out there in the wild!!I have seen a python squeeze a very big croc n swallowing it.I would hve thought a snake is no match for a croc.!

21st September 2008
Flavia

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Wow, I think if a lion can do this, because is the king of animals no?:)

6th September 2008
Love

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Wow, that is absolutely incredible! Thanks for sharing!

6th September 2008
Jean

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This makes sense. I have seen a mini-version if this live before. Saw a cat eat up a lizard. That's a mini version of whats on these pictures.

26th August 2008
yoxx

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wow.. awesome pictures.

24th August 2008
Jon

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What amazing photos!!!

24th August 2008
Steve

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the thought that the leopard was desperate for food to attack a croc is ridiculous. Carnivores are almost entirely opportunity hunters and will eat anything that presents itself. The leopard probably does not associate a croc on land as a threat because they are seldom (if ever) attacked by one or have one move in on its kill.

24th August 2008
Mo-Mo Ya

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It's clearly fake. You people are easily fooled...

23rd August 2008
Tito

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Guys.............do a little 'internets research' and you'll find out this simple fact...........CATS HATE REPTILES. Bobcats often kill snakes without even eating them afterwards. And about the habitats thing, you're right....if the leopard was in deep water, he'd be dead. But you see, cats are smart. He dragged him deep into his own turf. Full point for the cat!!!

23rd August 2008
joe

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25th August 2008
africapoint

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23rd August 2008
wasabiheadrush

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Mammals rule!

22nd August 2008
esvl

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Wow! Those crocs are fast, they might look slow. That leopard really risked it.

Kruger National Park is about 2000km from here. Have to go see it.

21st August 2008
mamie

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Wow. That leopard really looks like a cheetah! Amazing!

21st August 2008
Justice McCay

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Very cool, never seen that before! :o

20th August 2008
lizi

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Realy Amazing!

20th August 2008
digitalizes

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Kristi, I agree with you about the Battle at Kruger video; truly amazing and worth tracking down. The way the pack come together is awesome.

20th August 2008
Kristi

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Rune Parsson, lmfao you say that this is 'shopped from a photo of a domestic cat and a rat.. have you ever seen a rat and a domestic cat that were nearly the same size fighting each other like that? ridiculous.

these pictures are awesome.. thanks for posting. anyone who thinks this is incredible should definitely check out 'Battle at Kruger' on youtube.com. now THAT video is amazing.

20th August 2008
Jacob

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THIS WAS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NEWSPAPER IN LATE JULY 2008. MY MOM WAS THERE AND BROUGHT A COPY OF THE PAPER BACK TO THE STATES

20th August 2008
Rich R

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Re: Steve's comment #4 made August 14th, 2008 14:55... If you think that's crazy just wait until you see what human beings are capable of when the economy starts to tank deeper than it already has.

19th August 2008
coskun

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natural...

19th August 2008
digitalizes

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Amazing photos and amazing story - talk about (the photographer) being in the right place at the right time.

No way has this been Photoshopped.

18th August 2008
Eric

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wow - that is insane!

18th August 2008
Debo Hobo

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WOW now that is amazin, I would have thought that the crocodile would have won that fight with its thick armor like skin.

18th August 2008
Orlando Villas

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Amazing really!! Just don't mess with a Leopard!

18th August 2008
Rei

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Stage managed, fo sho!!!

18th August 2008
Melv

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wo wo amazing hunt down

17th August 2008
Rune Persson

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This is obviously photoshopped. It is a domestic cat and a rat that has been modified. The shadows and the texture is all wrong. If you look at the second picture you can see the rats ears, and crocodiles don't have ears.

17th August 2008
Jeret

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It comes down to habitats.leopard is going to dominate on land.The gator was looking for water.If the gator was in water bye bye leopard.

16th August 2008
Aaron

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And Steve, what evidence do you have that this animal was unusually hungry due to something humans did?

Stop pretending you are better than the rest of the human race by pretending you are smarter than everybody. Yes we have done thoughtless things but we are becoming aware and are getting better. You are part of it and you can help.

16th August 2008
Eileen McGuinn

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Steve's remark on Aug 14th is half right, how desperate animals are getting to find food. But untill God intervines in world affairs? what is that all about?

Crazy Steve, man needs to intervine, man needs to stop the destruction of the animal kingdom. God has nothing to do with what is happening to our EARTH, only man does.

16th August 2008
Greg

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For the skeptical 'shoppers' take a look at another incident involving cats vs crocs that happened in the same game park, but caught on film.. it does happen from time to time, or maybe they're all just actors :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

16th August 2008
Sayne

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Haha I love the inevitable comment from the guy who doesn't understand the 'shopped comments are a sad attempt at humor.

On a side note, damn nature, you scary! ^.^

16th August 2008
andrew

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Really incredible

16th August 2008
Term Papers Help

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Wow!

Is that real? I mean what is crocodile going on land. Is it supposed to be in water?

If these picture are real, then I am truly shocked. Amazing!

Hard to believe.

16th August 2008
Shoal Creek

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Having been raised in a remote part of the Western U.S., I have known since I was a kid that competing predators often kill each other. Why would a leopard in Africa be any different? It may have seen a crocodile take an animal that the leopard itself was stalking. This would imprint on the leopard that crocodiles are competition and explain its aggressive behavior toward the croc in the photo.

16th August 2008
paresh

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incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16th August 2008
Steve

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I cant believe you would really think this is photoshopped, like that's such a normal pose you can find a bloody crocodile in anywhere on the internet. And yes, ditto on why the hell would you photoshop the spots? are you implying this was another cat besides a leopard in which case it would be just as cool, no need to change the fur pigmentation.

16th August 2008
rae

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um seriously anyone here and guy who took the shots..Jaguars eat Alligators all the time. Its documented. Well documented. So just because a cousin of the Jaguar eats something not normal on his diet does not make it anything truely astounding. seriously do some research dammit!

15th August 2008
Hristiyan Hristov

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Mighty impressive shots... I thought the crocodile would win, but hey, seems i was wrong.

15th August 2008
William White

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Cats are incredible hunters, even a house cat can make a bad mess of most dogs or people if it gets in the first lick. They are so fast that most others don't have a chance.

15th August 2008
Kevin

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The pictures are fake. In the first picture, the tail of the Crocodile is missing. In the second picture, the rear legs and the tail are missing. In the rest of the pictures, somehow the tail and the rear legs are back. Even if the pictures are in reverse, the leopard is going to tear open the stomach instead of eating the hard tail. Its amazing what can be done with photoshop.

15th August 2008
Max

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Haha I love all of the people saying this is photoshopped. It obviously isnt, and if it was, why would someone fake the spots on the leopard....keep wasting your life trying to point out photoshop jobs on the internet. Does that really make you feel that important? Get over yourselves....

15th August 2008
africapoint

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The reason i have to believe this is true is just take a look at the series of camera shots..you can see the leopard has its bite on the left side of the neck of the crocodile throughout all the pictures....

15th August 2008
anon

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I GOTTA SAY FAIL photochop

15th August 2008
jesus

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Damn nature, you scary!

14th August 2008
jimguru

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'shopped

14th August 2008
anton

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what...
Look at that ....

14th August 2008
Britt

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This is so fake.

14th August 2008
Craig

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Incredible

14th August 2008
xxxx

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shopped. i should know because ive seen quite a few.

14th August 2008
Big Bob

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Faked. This has been obviously photoshopped. The Leopard's spots look very fake.

14th August 2008
Andy

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Amazing! Maybe the leoprd thought the croc was a threat to its home? O_o

...or maybe It was really Uma in a leopard costume doing an animal version of Kill Bill?

14th August 2008
Steve

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This is a prime example of how desperate animals are getting to find food.It must of been a very hungry cat in order for this attack to happen in the first place.
We have so badly screwed this planet up there may be no turning back untill God intervines in world affairs

14th August 2008
Devashish de

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Facinating for all wild life enthusiasts.On record de369@yahoo.com

14th August 2008
Mario Lemafa

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Fascinating...the leopard must have been desperate.

They're very capable hunters...hmm...a mystery is at hand...lol.

^_^ Thanks for the post!

14th August 2008
Serge London

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Really!? wow.


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