By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

A SLEEPING warthog had a rude awakening after being attacked by a leopard mid-slumber

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Top cat: The sneaky leopard before the kill

The dozing boar was in the land of nod when the cunning predator crept up on it.

Ignorance is hardly bliss for the snoozing warthog

The leopard gently prodded the warthog, before seizing the opportunity and swiftly killing its prey.

Wakey wakey: The dozing hog gets a rude awakening

Amateur photographer Lisl Moolman took the photos in Kruger National Park in South Africa, after spotting the scene through her binoculars.

The hog gets it in the neck

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.

The big cat wrestles with its meal

“Through the binoculars I could see it looking intently in one direction.

Easy pickings: The lucky leopard sink its teeth in

“The leopard approached the oblivious sleeping boar.

There's no way back for the hog

“Blissfully unaware, the warthog only realised his fate when the leopard gently touched him with his front paw.

The leopard has the bit between the teeth

“What a rude awakening. The leopard almost seemed surprised at how easy this was.”

A spot of breakfast: The spotty leopard drags away its meal

Lisl, a skincare salon owner, took the photos on a trip to the park on July 24.

The leopard can't believe its luck

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.”