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Kiss of love? Leopard and buffalo’s lip-to-lip moment is going viral in the human world

Viral video shows leopard ‘kissing’ a buffalo.

science Updated: May 17, 2018 18:20 IST
Leopard,buffalo,Leopard and buffalo kiss
Leopard and buffalo’s lip-to-lip moment is going viral (Nat Geo)

In rare footage that has now gone viral, a leopard was seen ‘kissing’ a buffalo in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

According to National Geographic website, which posted the clip, the leopard was out hunting one morning, probably looking for a calf, when it got cornered by a large herd of African buffalo.

Sensing danger, the leopard climbed up a fallen knob-thorn tree while the ‘curious’ herd gathered under it.

The leopard climbed up a fallen knob-thorn tree. (Nat Geo)

The predator’s every attempt to come close to the prey was met with angry retaliation from the herd.

Just then, a buffalo lifted his nose up for a sniff and the leopard, too, lowered its head towards the prey.

And then, the ‘kiss’ happened (Nat Geo)

That precise instance when their lips seemed to meet was captured by veteran wildlife tracker Bennet Mathonsi.

“This is a very rare sight,” Markus Hofmeyr, chief conservation officer and veterinarian at Great Plains Conservation Foundation in Botswana, was quoted as saying by Nat Geo.

“There’s this almost comical energy release to get rid of the tension.”

“The encounter shows the blurred edges between both animals’ playfulness and aggression”, he added.

Leopards, generally, don’t hunt for buffalo because the bulky animal with its “sharp horns and hooves” can easily kill the predator.

Watch the video here.

First Published: May 17, 2018 18:18 IST