Tiny Porcupine Manages To Fend Off Leopard

Tiny Porcupine Manages To Fend Off Leopard

I think we can all agree that leopards are one of the king’s of the jungle. These predators are known for their speed and hunting skills in the wild. We’ve probably all seen a video or clip on one of those nature shows about a leopard stalking their prey and finally going in for the attack. But this particular hunt didn’t go quite like the leopard had planned.


Ard van de Wetering was travelling through Kruger National Park with his wife when he spotted a leopard trying to prey on a prickly porcupine. When you first see a porcupine, you probably don’t think of a fierce animal. But this little guy definitely held his own when approached by the leopard. Every single time the leopard tries to move in for the attack, the porcupine turns to use his quills as defense. The quills may look soft, but they are actually the porcupine’s greatest defense. And it’s obvious that this tactic is working because the leopard cannot manage to take down his prey.

Ard said that this scene went on for over 30 minutes before the leopard realized he wasn’t going to defeat this prey and moved on. God’s creatures are truly amazing and it’s so incredible to watch them interact in their natural habit.

This scene is the perfect example of never judging a book by its cover. The porcupine seemed like easy prey for the leopard, but God’s clever design allowed the prey to escape. Who else was so fascinated by this entire scene?