Leopard snaps serval’s neck in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 24 June 2022

Servals are strong, slender cats with distinct saucer-sized ears and long legs, both of which make servals exceptional hunters. Servals are able to jump up to three metres into the air to catch a bird in flight. Their slender bodies allow the cats to expertly manoeuvre themselves out of danger, and quickly pick up speed, according to SANBI.

Despite this, servals are vulnerable to predators in areas without high grass cover, especially to hyenas, wild dogs and unfortunately for this serval below, leopards. Leopards aren’t picky eaters and are known to hunt using ambush techniques, according to Live Science. They sneak up on their prey and either charge or pounce on it with lightning speed.

A leopard will finish its prey off with a bite to the neck, which is exactly what happens in this video below from Latest Sightings, taken in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

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Picture: Screenshot from video


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