10/05/2012 05:51 pm ET Updated Oct 07, 2012

Leopard Attacks Impala, Observers Catch The Entire Thing On Camera (VIDEO)

Watch this well-hidden leopard fiercely attack an unsuspecting impala. Crouching low amidst the rocks, the leopard silently waits as a herd of impalas comes racing across the landscape. Right as the impala jumps over it, the leopard catches it mid-air bringing it down to Earth.

The video of this event was caught on camera by Martha van Rensburg who was on a photographic safari in South Africa at MalaMala Game Reserve with her husband, Marius van Tonder, wildlife photographer Greg du Toit, and guest Ian Weatherburn.

"It happened so fast but I was lucky enough to get this video and a still photo of the leopard and impala in the air," Van Rensburg told Grind TV.

According to the American Wildlife Foundation, leopards are known for being secretive, elusive, and shrewd, having the ability to kill prey much larger than themselves. They are currently listed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

It's pretty clear that this leopard knew what it was doing. Other leopards, like this cub born at The Denver Zoo in June, aren't as ferocious.

Check out this video for an close encounter of another kind with a female lion.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated the leopard was cowering. However, it is unlikely that the leopard was in fear of the approaching impalas.



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