Other animals that escaped with their lives were as shocked as the impala, but also seemed interested in what was unfolding in front of them. “The baboons started screaming as some of them wanted a piece of the action and the impala was sent careering by the full force and weight of the attached cat. Dust was flying everywhere,” Hankinson said.
“The noise from the baboons was one of a craze and then there was silence. We watched as a group, stunned and in silence.”
“What we had witnessed our guide advised was something which he would see once every five years. And I had it on video.”
The leopard had started to suffocate the impala by latching its jaws over its mouth. It took about 30 more minutes for it to take its last breath, said Hankinson.