Leopard foiled by porcupine in once-in-a-lifetime sighting; kids miss out

Leopard foiled by porcupine in once-in-a-lifetime sighting; kids miss out

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Leopard foiled by porcupine in once-in-a-lifetime sighting; kids miss out

As their family’s two-week vacation to Kruger National Park came to an end, Ard van de Wetering and his wife decided to take one last game drive. Their children decided not to go, however, and it proved to be a big mistake.

What they missed was an intriguing encounter between a leopard and a porcupine, whose defense mechanism worked perfectly to discourage the predator from making it a meal.

“All four of our children had decided to remain at the camp, so they missed all the action,” van de Wetering told LatestSightings.com. “This was what bothered us most—not being able to share it with them. It was a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.”

The encounter at the world-famous game reserve in South Africa came on a cold and windy day when they did not expect much. But the porcupine and leopard put on an entertaining show.

Eventually, the frustrated leopard gave up.

“We have been visiting Kruger at least once a year for the last 30 years or so,” van de Wetering told LastestSightings.com. “In all those years we had some pretty amazing sightings, but this was the first time we have seen this type of interaction.

“Sightings are few and far between, but when you do see something amazing you are normally alone. During this experience, which lasted more than half an hour, there was only one other vehicle.”

Photo is a screen grab from video.

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