Leopards are known to hoist their prey into trees like this, displaying incredible strength. They have even been known to hoist animals into trees up to five times heavier than their own weight, such as a giraffe.
When a leopard does not bother to hoist its kill into a tree, it risks losing its meal to hyenas and lions.
A study by @pantheracats – a non-profit organisation that focuses on wild cat conservation – found that leopards in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve hunt at least 40 species of prey, from fowls to young giraffes. Leopards hoist half of their kills, and hoisted kills were 67% less likely to be stolen. Still, leopards lose one out of five kills to other predators like spotted hyenas, lions and even other male leopards.
We filmed this in the Sabi Sand while on assignment for @singita_