By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1
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The dozing boar was in the land of nod when the cunning predator crept up on it.
The leopard gently prodded the warthog, before seizing the opportunity and swiftly killing its prey.
Amateur photographer Lisl Moolman took the photos in Kruger National Park in South Africa, after spotting the scene through her binoculars.
The 41-year-old, from Phalaborwa, South Africa, said: “Some visitors indicated to me that the leopard was lying behind a mopani bush, on the other side of the dam.
“Through the binoculars I could see it looking intently in one direction.
“The leopard approached the oblivious sleeping boar.
“Blissfully unaware, the warthog only realised his fate when the leopard gently touched him with his front paw.
“What a rude awakening. The leopard almost seemed surprised at how easy this was.”
Lisl, a skincare salon owner, took the photos on a trip to the park on July 24.
She continued: “The whole process from touching it with its paw, until it died, lasted approximately ten minutes.
“The warthog feebly struggled from time to time, but stood no chance against this strong male leopard.”