Due to high speed, mobility, and fascinating hunting abilities, leopards can catch even the most agile and wary prey. These predators use two hunting methods. They quietly approach the prey almost crawling and then suddenly leap onto it. In this case, the prey gets disoriented and cannot escape. If the leopard’s leap fails, it does not chase the escaped prey.
Also, the leopard can wait in an ambush at the drinking points or passage routes of the prey. It then leaps on the prey from 6-8 m distance.
Leopard kills small animals with its paw and makes the large ones fall jumping on them. To avoid horns and kicks, the leopard chokes down the cattle until it becomes breathless. If the prey does not fall down, the leopard bites its neck. Sometimes, leopard chases escaped prey and strikes it with the front paw making it fall.
Hunting large wild pigs requires special skills and only experienced leopards can do that. Unexperienced individuals get seriously injured, when they attack the wild pig. To avoid dangerous needles of a porcupine, leopard walks around it and at a certain moment, strikes with the paw at porcupine’s head, its weakest part, which makes it agonizing.
Usually, leopards hunt alone. In rare cases, the mother leopard can be seen hunting with cubs or with male cubs in her teeth. After catching the prey leopards hideaway with their spoils. They eat 2-3 kg of meat at a time. In the absence of food, leopards can sustain 7-11 days but remain inactive.