Two porcupines taught a leopard an unforgettable — and a very painful — lesson of a lifetime.
The footage filmed at South Africa's Kruger National Park displayed a hungry leopard pouncing on one of the porcupines. The deadly predator was stalking both the porcupines and tried attacking one of them. But when it jumped out of the way, the leopard quickly changed its direction and set its eyes on the second one.
But this small creature wasn’t to be messed with. As soon as the big cat attacked the crested creature, obviously, the porcupine released its quills. The leopard quickly recognized the animal for a porcupine but it was too late; its entire front side was pricked with dozens of barbed quills.
The gutsy porcupine quickly dashed away after the tough standoff, while the leopard can be seen, in pain, trying to get rid of the quills from its face, legs and chest.
Donovan Piketh, who shot the incredible video said, “We were following the leopard as it was just walking along when my friend spotted the two porcupines walking towards the leopard. As soon as the leopard saw them, it changed into stalking mode and we knew something was going to happen.
“It was a mixture of over excitement and panic as I was trying to get the camera onto video mode and focus on what was going on.”
Piketh, who saw porcupines for the first time in his life, believes the experience was very rare.
“The leopard needed to spend a good few minutes to get the quills out of him. Eventually the leopard gave up trying to get the last of the porcupine's quills out and walked off into the bush. I think it was very rare and something you will only ever see a leopard do once.”
This isn’t the first time a large cat was defeated by a porcupine. In 2014, footage of a porcupine defending itself from 17 lions in South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve made waves across the internet.
Leopards apparently think of porcupines as fragile and an easy catch. However, what they fail to account for are the porcupine’s wicked quills, the weapons a porcupine possesses naturally and can use to safeguard its life.
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