Watching a wild animal feast on its prey is naturally a grisly sight. This video of a leopard chowing down on a dead zebra is no exception, and on top of everything, it ended up having an incredibly gruesome surprise at the end. While a group of onlookers observed, a leopard preparing to indulge in a zebra carcass came to discover it didn’t get the last roar after all.
During a morning tour at the Djuma Game Reserve in Vuyatela, South Africa, safari guide Taxon Nkuna stopped for a moment to allow his guests to witness the animal food chain in action. A hungry leopard was gnawing away at a dead zebra, relentlessly tearing into the flesh.
However, this leopard’s feast was abruptly interrupted by an unexpected shower of blood. As the leopard continued to bite into the underbelly, one particular puncture ended up rupturing the zebra’s stomach lining, which caused a fountain of blood and bodily fluid to come streaming out of the carcass.
The startled leopard immediately leaped out of the way of the grisly pink downpour while the onlookers laugh in the background. The spooked cat understandably decided to take a few steps back and patiently wait for its meal’s gushing to subside. According to Candice Grover, the general manager at Djuma, the zebra had been dead for over 24 hours, indicated by the visible bloating of the carcass.
Considering this zebra wasn’t a fresh kill and had been sitting under the sun for a day, the pressure built up in its dead stomach was a burst just waiting to happen.
“This would likely be an amalgamation of stomach juices, blood and if it was the bladder too then some wee,” Candice Grover told the Daily Mail. “The leopard was clearly not expecting the stomach to burst and therefore simply got a bit of a fright.”
One of the onlookers happened to capture this gory surprise on their phone and uploaded the footage to YouTube where it quickly went viral. The video has received over 6 million views and counting since being uploaded in July 2015.
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