Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - Jul 2017
After a few hours waiting for this sleepy leopard to get up from his comfortable bed in that tree, passed by luck, 3 Thomson´s Gazelle under the tree, and as the French expression says - opportunity makes a thief, so they caught your attention.
Remember that the Thomson Gazelle is one of your favorite foods on the plains of the Serengeti.
It was given to us thus, a so well-known and wonderful spectacle, of a majestic descent of a leopard, having for a brief moment been immobilized in this peculiar position, while watching them from above.
At 59kg on average, the leopard is the smallest of the four Big Cats, but is probably the most powerful Kg-for-Kg.
The leopard's climbing ability sets it apart from the other big cats and has made it the most successful of the group.
Their body structure are built for tree climbing - Back legs are very powerful and muscular giving great impulses and muscular backs also assist in climbing, allied to the lower centre of gravity that also helps with stability.
Their amazing retractable claws dig easily into the bark, with a little of help of their relatively small body size and weight.
A natural climber, and a wonderful animal.
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