Young And Stupid: Leopard Discovers That He Can’t Eat Porcupine

This is a story about that no one is born with life experience and everyone has to learn from his (her) mistakes, even this animal which was born with natural built-in instincts. And this young leopard which gets a prickly reception after deciding to make a meal of a porcupine, is a great example to it.

The two-year-old male leopard decides to make a meal of the wandering porcupine, but gets several painful spines in his paws for his trouble.

This is a story about that no one is born with life experience and everyone has to learn from his (her) mistakes, even this animal which was born with natural built-in instincts.

And this young leopard which gets a prickly reception after deciding to make a meal of a porcupine, is a great example to it. The big cat was left with sore paws and a bruised ego after losing out in a battle of wits with its spiny opponent (see the picture above.)

The leopard spent 25 minutes and exhausted his whole hunting repertoire including leaping on top of the porcupine before slinking off in defeat.

After 25 minutes and several painful spines in his paws, the big cat was forced to accept defeat and retreat with his tail between his legs. The breathtaking natural moment was captured on camera by professional wildlife photographer Shem Compion in the Mashatu Game reserve, in Botswana.

The leopard got several of the porcupine's quills stuck in it as he struggled to get past its defences

The photographer, who lives in South Africa, said: “Excitement hardly describes my feelings – it was one of my top wildlife sightings ever. We saw this beautiful leopard lounging on a log and then a few moments later a porcupine walked nearby and started nibbling some roots. Suddenly, this relaxed leopard spotted the porcupine and sprang on to high alert, watching the rodent before getting up to stalk him. From then on it was full adrenaline. The leopard spent 25 minutes trying to touch the porcupine and get to him. The porcupine kept pushing his quills towards the cat and rattling them in a very frightening manner – the leopard would jump in shock.

The young leopard pulls its paw back in pain after one of the foot-long quills lodges in it

Mr. Compion also added: “He tried all sorts of things to get under the porcupine but nothing was working and eventually he gave up and lay down. There’s a rule in the bush which says ‘only food runs’, so the porcupine knew to stick around until the leopard had walked away so it could get water from a pool. It went from tension to suspense, pain, torment and eventually relief. It was a truly incredible sight.” [via DailyMail]

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