The incredible moment a leopard gives impala the kiss of DEATH

This is the moment a leopardess stalked an impala before killing it – with a ‘death hug’.

Wildlife photographer Chaitanya Vattem spotted the full-grown impala first and then the three-year-old big cat lunged from the bushes.

Photographer Chaitanya Vattem said the predator locked its paws around the impala and started biting it

The young leopard, known as Luluka, locked its jaws on the animal’s neck by positioning itself underneath and ‘hugging’ the animal, in Masai Mara, Kenya.

Vattem said the impala was kicking the leopardess away – so the leopard ‘focused all her might on choking the Impala to death with her own weight’.

He added: ‘The Leopardess used her tail to balance and coil the legs of the Impala to block all movement.

The impala was unable to use its speed to escape from the leopard’s grip and began to show weakness during the battle

‘The Impala collapsed within minutes thus giving out the nicer grip on the neck to the predator.

‘Now, it was a matter of few seconds ticking by before Luluka got her meal for the next few days.

‘The young leopardess took time to catch her breath and rejoice by playing around and licking the Impala.’

Inevitably the smug-looking leopard stands above her prey before enjoying her feast of fresh impala

Vattem was in the area in a jeep and his driver got a call on his walkie-talkie of ‘leopard time’ and drove to around 20ft away from the action.

He added: ‘Capturing the scenes of a jungle is all about timing and you end up missing a lot if you don’t keep track of time down to seconds.

‘So, to keep up with the action, our driver made a dangerous crossing towards the other side of the stream.

‘It isn’t easy for a young leopardess to bring down a full-grown Impala on its own.’

HEARTBREAKING! Elephants feast on RUBBISH dumped by civic body in India

Gentle giants of Gudalur, southern India feast on garbage which includes deadly plastic waste.

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THESE heartbreaking photos show hungry elephants rummaging through steaming piles of garbage in a southern Indian dump.
The pics show the gentle giants forced to feast on rubbish in the town of Gudalur, Tamil Nadu, where 19 tons of waste is dumped every day.

Despite the plentiful vegetation in nearby woods – the animals’ huge trunks cannot resist the stench of the dumping ground.

Local authorities deposit a massive 19 tons of waste, generated by the town’s 50,000 residents, in the four acre plot every day.

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The dump yard is close to Mudumalai forest which is home to the group of elephants.
Sightings of the huge beasts are so common in the area that drivers often see them walking along the road side.
The elephants even anticipate when the garbage trucks arrive at the dump – which is around eight times a day.

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However, there have been reports of the huge animals dying from ingesting plastic from the site.

In 2014, an elephant was found dead with around two kilograms of plastic waste stuck in its bowels in a forest clearing in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala in the south of the country.

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Conservationists say dumping urban waste in elephant areas poses a grave danger to the beasts.

Sadiq Ali, the founder of the Wildlife and Nature Conservation Trust (WNCT), said: “It’s a life threatening issue.

“There is a high chance of diseases spreading to the wild elephants.”

The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has written to the town stating that the dump is located in a notified forest area.

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Authorities have proposed to erect solar fencing around the garbage dump with the help of charities.
Environmentalists have also approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT), India’s court for green issues, to rein in the local authority.
The town originally started dumping the waste following an NGT order which banned disposing of the garbage in the nearby areas of Thorapalli and Chelukkadi.

The story was exclusively published in The Sun.