Undercover of darkness, female and juvenile baboons are often hunted and taken from their overnight roosts by leopards. However in daylight hours the tables can be turned when a leopard is caught out on the ground in the open and confronted by the combined force of a large troop’s male baboons - sometimes with support of adult females. The aggressive and fearsome nature of the adult male baboon enables troops to forage well out in open grassland during the day with little fear from predation. Other animals such as impala will take advantage of this and seek protection by grazing amongst foraging baboons.
This scene depicts the confrontation between a male leopard and a group of adult male chacma baboons who as a combined force are quite capable of driving off or even killing their common foe. The leading baboon is showing a typical threat display of rearing on its hind legs, bristling, ear-flattening and displaying his fearsome 5cm top canines. The leopard seeks some sanctuary amongst fallen timber and maybe will flee or retreat further into the more protective cover behind as the baboon males press home their attack with support from other members of the troop.
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|40.00cm H x 63.00cm W