It’s the lion of long leap: Amazing moment predator catches an antelope in mid-air

Leaping Lion Catches Antelope In Mid-Air Kill
It’s the lion of long leap: Amazing moment predator catches an antelope in mid-air

A soaring lion leaps from a ridge to catch a fleeing antelope in mid air.
The extraordinary take-down happened after a pair of lionesses surprised two blesboks running in their direction.
To escape, a frightened blesbok jumped several metres from the ridge – only to be intercepted mid-flight by the hungry female.


The other blesbok was left to make a lucky getaway, while the captured animal was swiftly devoured by the fearsome predators.
Tour guide Joné Fick, 28, filmed the incredible moment just feet away from her tour bus.

The group had been watching the two lionesses perched on the ridge in the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa.
Joné said: ‘Suddenly the lionesses got up and ran full speed at the two blesbok, which were running up the hill towards them.

The blesbok decided to take the only option out which was jumping towards the road, falling four metres to the ground.
‘The second lioness made an amazing jump towards this blesbok and grabbed it mid-air only to slam with it on to the road right next to our vehicle.
‘I’ve never heard of such a sighting – this was pure luck to be in the right place at the right time.’

Despite hitting the ground hard, the animals continued to fight before the two lionesses overcame the South African antelope.
Joné added: ‘In my six years of living and working in the bush, this is definitely my best sighting ever.
‘The lioness and blesbok fell so close on the ground next to us that I sure they would fall against the vehicle.
‘We were all mumbling words of disbelief and some people were just staring at the scene not able to say anything at all.’
After overpowering the blesbok, the lions dragged it back to the top of the ridge to enjoy a hard-won meal.



  1. Anonymous says:

    WOW! Spent many years in Alaska and saw ice dogs, floating ice crystals and it got really cold sometimes. Saw many things involving ice and nature. But never anything that awesome and beautiful. Thanks for sharing AND explaining. Because I honestly thought you were going to say lights from town or something. But turned out to be a much more awesome thing.Thank you.

  2. Patty Arroyo says:

    Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing, and explaining, I live in the tropics, we have different kind of beauty here, but learning about this light pillars awesome !!!

  3. Emeline Donahue says:


  4. Pam says:

    Wow! Thank you for the pictures and the explanation! Beautiful!

  5. Neil S. says:

    I live in Minnesota and have seen light pillars once in my 63 years. I wasn’t sure what I was seeing at the time. I did research the phenomena with success.

  6. Anthony Peratt says:

    Light Pillars are the Plato’s Pillars of Heracles, now misnamed Pillars of Hercules. They are Birkeland Currents (electron currents oriented South-North; Peratt, Springer, Physics of the Plasma Universe). These, not high mountain peaks guided sailors (and surveyors) at and before the time of the ancient Greeks.

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  8. Swagata says:

    At first I was mesmerised by the narration on the Dukha tribe. The fascinating lifestyle and the sacred bond with nature is so great. And then the photography is mind blowing. Beautiful indeed.

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