They’re two of the deadliest hunters known to the world. The cheetah and the leopard both strike with lightning quickness with their prey usually not even knowing they’re there until it is far too late. Each hunter’s ability to creep up on their prey unnoticed is not only due to guile, but also the almost unrivaled effectiveness of their natural camouflage. With the combination of their speed, cunning, and ability to go unnoticed they are truly two of the animal world’s most dangerous predators.
Here, we take a look as each is on the hunt. See if you can spot them, it’s harder than you might imagine!
A cheetah creeps up on its prey in Kenya. It is hidden by its incredibly effective camouflage and the high grass. The gazelles do not notice until it is too late, and with a top speed of 75mph, they are no match for the cheetah. The cheetah enjoys its meal before being chased off by hyenas.
The snow leopard, found here in the Indian Himalayas, are few in number with just around 7000 believed to be in the wild. They are fierce hunters, capable of top speeds up to 70 to 75 mph and extremely adept at blending in with their surroundings.
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