"[The chase] was a very rare sighting for all of us (as you might have heard in the video)," says Van Der Linde. "It was an ongoing game raising our excitement levels and curiosity to see how it would play out, but after about ten minutes of the leopard aimlessly circling the bush, it finally lost interest and gave up."
This isn't the first time we've seen a mongoose evade a feline foe: back in 2014, one was spotted in Kenya's Masaai Mara National Park ferociously defending itself against four young lionesses.
"It is common for older leopards to begin hunting small rodents, mongoose, birds and other dangerous reptiles – often to their detriment," explains MalaMala ranger Matt Nolden. "As a leopard ages, it lacks the strength and speed to stalk and kill larger mammals like impala and bushbuck. Thus they attempt to capture more vulnerable, but often dangerous, animals. Porcupines and black mambas are but two good examples of animals which older leopards are regularly injured by."
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