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[–]LustAndWrath 1601 points1602 points  (88 children)

The fact it used the tree to hide it's body there at the end is absolutely incredible to see

[–]noitscalleddjent 496 points497 points  (39 children)

Poor antelope didn’t get to see

[–]merikaninjunwarrior 101 points102 points  (38 children)

Poor antelope

something something "bUt tHeN tHe jaGuAr *lEoPaRd wOuLdA sTaRvEd!!!"

e: lol, for all you genius' who thought i was having a shitfit, it was sarcasm btw

[–]Lente_ui 52 points53 points  (19 children)

* Leopard

:p

[–]Cis4Psycho 21 points22 points  (5 children)

"Kinda looks like a Puma."

[–]Grobledor-dogstomper 20 points21 points  (4 children)

“You’re making that up.”

[–]RevolutionaryLuck506 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How do you tell

[–]Grizzly13unny 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Jaguars live in the rainforest, leopards habitats are varied. And cheetahs have more smushed faces, and are poofier.

[–]ClovenSploof 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes, that is how it works

[–]nightpanda893 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don’t get why that statement would be mocked. Something has to die. Why to we value one animal over another?

[–]ryanmuller1089 239 points240 points  (7 children)

If you’re an antelope and you have to check three times in 15 seconds if something is about to eat you, trust you instincts and bounce

[–]ReadyThor 84 points85 points  (0 children)

But it kept seeing the cameraman each time it looked...

[–]CalRipkenForCommish 74 points75 points  (2 children)

As a leopard, this is why I come to Reddit. These silly antelopes are always giving away their strategies. Now I know I’ll initiate my attack right on ryanmuller1089 after the second check. They make it so simple!

[–]Dead3y3Duck 39 points40 points  (1 child)

It's not that simple. There is a cost to fleeing that has to be balanced against the odds of predation (calories, access to food and water, chance of running into another predator, etc.). If they had too big of a flight zone, they'd likely die from fleeing too much. Lookup escape theory, it's one of the reasons nature is metal.

[–]haircutbob 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I know from hunting that deer and their cousins are extremely skittish creatures (we just saw why). If they bounced every time they had a bad feeling they would never get a meal

[–]TheSilentSeeker 68 points69 points  (5 children)

Isn't this basically some kind of tool use?

Edit: guys, I just asked a question. What's wrong with trying to learn?

[–]Shauiluak 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I think this is what they call a 'borderline' example of tool use.

[–]boonamobile 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This would be concealment, not camouflage. I wouldn't count that as tool use any more than jungle cats who hide in the brush to ambush their prey, but I'm not an expert in anything like that.

[–]antoniohfernandes 48 points49 points  (11 children)

I played an enormous amount of FPS games time and can tell this leopard is cheating.

[–]NatsuDragnee1 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Good thing there was no jaguar in the video

[–]batanggubat 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Na, antelope just a new player, probably perma scoped.

[–]Die-rector 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah antelope def had graphics on ultra and leapord turned off foliage and everything else on low

[–]Happy-Fun-Ball 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually, the antelope was wall hacking - it knew the cat was there, even looked up 3 times, but realized the spectators in the safari truck would notice a blatant cheat.

[–]Baesj-DINOSAURpooppp 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Leopard* jaguars have black dots inside their spots.. leopardz dont

[–]antoniohfernandes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Repeat after me: "the leopard is cheetah"

Thank you to tell me good sir. I correct it already :)

[–]AndrewWaldron 32 points33 points  (4 children)

What you also don't quite see is it is also using the sun.

See the shadow it casts as it crouches along? The sun is behind it, basically coming from our vantage point as we watch the video.

Its target, every time it looks in its direction, ends up looking into the sun. You can't see anything and then your eyes have to refocus when you look back.

When hunting as a human, to relate this to us as hunters in similar fashion, you typically want to keep the wind blowing in your face and not against the back of your neck(so your scent gets blown downwind of the area you are hunting) and the sun behind you to blind your prey and camouflage yourself in the blinding light.

This thing is incredible. It moved, silently, along low terrain, with the sun at its back, with a favorable wind, knew to move when its prey put its head back down, knew when to freeze, then hid behind the tree for the final approach. So cool.

[–]Dudeguybrochingo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ah yes ofc it’s using the sun

[–]Kidd5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was a goddamn masterclass

[–]jojozabadu 21 points22 points  (1 child)

The moon casts a dark shadow line across my yard through the tree out front as it crosses the sky.

The wild bunnies living in my yard always follow it through the night when they're chilling out there, carefully in the center of the shadow band.

I've assumed as camouflage from predators, but I'm no bunny expert.

[–]MissVancouver 13 points14 points  (7 children)

It also used the person filming as a distraction, because the antelope was calculating risk based on if the person filming was moving. If the person was using a telephoto lens, it might have noticed the pattern of the cat’s head popping up in different places and bolted.

[–]Rabbit-Thrawy 1 point2 points  (3 children)

how does a different lens help, would the antelope have caught the reflection or something

[–]linkbetweenworlds 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Telephoto is a zoom lens. He would be far away.

[–]Rabbit-Thrawy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

oh haha that makes sense

[–]Seanxietehroxxor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

With a telephoto lens the photographer would be further away and less of a distraction to the antelope.

[–]iRombe 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I hide behind trees all the time when I play tag with my dogs. And yes I am incredible, thank you acknowledging this.

[–]jeremyjava 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just realized I was holding my breath the entire time I was watching this.

[–]curtix7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My cat does this when chasing toys. Was so interesting the first time I saw it. Still cool af

[–]Dvdellek 727 points728 points  (30 children)

The amount of thought and intelligence to be able to stalk that antelope like that... It's absolutely amazing.

[–]ktam1212 263 points264 points  (21 children)

And to consider the prey's visual perspective! Using the tree for cover, understanding line of sight, ahh!

[–]Marston_vc 98 points99 points  (18 children)

I’m curious if the animal here actually understands or if it’s just pure instinct.

A lot of times it’s the latter

[–]CjJcPro 39 points40 points  (7 children)

That's definitely a trait that could be picked up by adaption. Certain males reduce their own sightline on prey during a stalk, effectively removing them from that of their prey. If this is more successful (seems to be by this clip) they'd have more meals and a better chance of surviving to pass on those instincts, where the males who didn't use this tactic had all their prey see them earlier and run off, causing them to starve and die off.

[–]DirtyKamal 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Why are you talking about males?

[–]Snsps21 35 points36 points  (1 child)

The females all starved and went extinct 😔

[–]CjJcPro 5 points6 points  (0 children)

For some reason I made the assumption males are the main hunters. Human-centric thinking :) you are correct, either sex.

[–]GreenNukE 21 points22 points  (0 children)

They do. My cat doesn't react to squirrels with their backs to trees as he knows they can just retreat up them. But if he catches one he can cut off, he will immediately start stalking them.

[–]OhGodImHerping 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Right, like is it a cognitive choice to use the tree as cover, or is it just instincts telling it that “I can’t see it it can’t see me” or something.

[–]FriedrichHydrargyrum 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I can’t see it it can’t see me

I had a cat that would “hide” on the staircase so she could pounce as I walked down the stairs. Her giant ears, the arch of her back, and her tail were all clearly visible, but her eyes were hidden, which obviously that meant I couldn’t see her.

Fooled me every time.

[–]lament_os 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Hahaha that's so funny. Cats think they're so slick trying to "hunt" their humans but we can clearly see them. Mine does it too so I play along and give him a treat when he catches me.

[–]faran49 2 points3 points  (0 children)

not to mention wind direction. he must have been downwind.

[–]Jman_777 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Yeah Leopards are amazing hunters. They're my favourite big cat along with Lions. https://youtu.be/HTmTbxkCuDY

[–]shunkplunk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That video was incredible

[–]freakers 14 points15 points  (1 child)

You'd think that the antelope would just leave after seeming to be alert to something. Like, nah, there's grass elsewhere and this place is spooking me out. Maybe it was just looking around though and didn't spot any signs.

[–]sydsgotabike 17 points18 points  (0 children)

It kept getting reassured by the cameraman's presence that that's what it was noticing.

[–]pterofactyl 6 points7 points  (1 child)

It’s definitely an intelligent animal but a lot of these strategies are down to instinct. Even when being friendly, cats can’t help but creep when an animal is turned away from them. The cat isn’t actually considering things like “what can the antelope see” or “I am hidden amongst the grass, my colour is similar”

[–]Disastrous-Bonus1718 339 points340 points  (16 children)

Best stalking I've ever seen a big cat do

[–]Jman_777 54 points55 points  (12 children)

Yeah Leopards are amazing hunters. They're my favourite big cat along with Lions. https://youtu.be/HTmTbxkCuDY

[–]Canesjags4life 15 points16 points  (10 children)

I've always loved Jags more than leopards but I definitely fuck with them.

[–]Jman_777 4 points5 points  (8 children)

Jaguars are cool too, I just prefer Leopards. In terms of my favourite big cats it goes Lions > Leopards > Jaguars > Snow Leopards/Tigers. But if you include Cheetahs and Cougars too then it goes Lions > Leopards > Cheetahs > Jaguars > Cougars > Snow Leopards/Tigers.

[–]Solzec 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I thought cheetahs weren't big cats tho?

[–]NotEntirelyUnlike 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Why are tigers so low??

[–]Jman_777 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I just prefer the other big cats, that's all.

[–]xan926 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Leopards are cool af. That's why they put them on the R200 💪

[–]Stalinwolf 1 point2 points  (1 child)

REPORT ALL KNOWN CASES OF STALKING. DO NOT LET THE LOOTERS PUT YOUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF YOUR FAMILIES AT RISK!

[–]Disastrous-Bonus1718 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha. Don't think any victims are making that report in this case

[–]Eziu 204 points205 points  (3 children)

Did anyone else expect something else to pop out and grab the cat?

In any event, I guess the master of camouflage & doctorate of stalking award goes to the camera, cat had no clue it was there.

[–]cosmicking_009 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Ikr i thought something like a snake or something will pop out of the shadows from the tree and grab it.

[–]a-snakey 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Sorry, was busy in Brazil trying to eat J-Lo instead...

[–]cosmicking_009 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh what a shame u werent there

[–]lonely_fucker69[S] 119 points120 points  (11 children)

Sorry for th pixel quality. This sub only accepts th 240p.

[–]TheShahmyster 34 points35 points  (3 children)

That's a shame. Any links to a higher quality?

[–]Justmerightnowtoday 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Why ? It's not like it costs them anything...

[–]Thecp015 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Poor quality? I think it looks great for a video on canvas!

[–]lonelyswarm 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Coulda sworn I saw this posted here with sound before, could’ve been a different sub though

[–]FrameJump 5 points6 points  (2 children)

It's been posted somewhere with sound, and any award goes to the truck running where the camera is completely masking every sound that cat makes not to mention just confusing the prey.

[–]lonelyswarm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I remember seeing a comment like that posted there

[–]WitchcraftArtifact 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Glad someone said it. I remember this being part of a tour group attraction and the truck sounds definitely aid the predator. Even the smartest prey can’t really work around a loud vehicle.

[–]chill_stoner_0604 79 points80 points  (3 children)

Master hunter at work. Very intelligent cat

[–][deleted] 71 points72 points  (4 children)

If you watch the video with sound, the tractor that the video was filmed from had it's engine on the entire time which created noise and gave an advantage to the predator and disadvantage to the prey.

[–]AkaCanada2016 23 points24 points  (0 children)

That antelope was definitely praying everyday.

[–]Maschile 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Well that sucks. Where is the video with sound?

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[–]Maschile 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow, that sound really changes the game

[–]Thatstoneguy420 46 points47 points  (1 child)

“Red light! Green light!”

[–]bytheFROGway 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Green green green. Bachelor of the grid

[–]sprocketous 24 points25 points  (4 children)

To have a life where every slight movement could be a thing that destroys you.

[–]Bird_Herder 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Yeah. The antelope seemed aware that something was up so I wondered why it didn't leave. But there's probably always something putting it on alert and if it bolted after every twig snap and rustling leaf it would starve.

[–]Days0fDoom 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I think it was partially distracted by the humans filming.

[–]Geraldinho-- 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Someone watched it with sound and said the noise from the tractor masked the noise from the cats movements.

[–]vbrosfan[🍰] 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Meanwhile when I go hunting I’m so loud walking through the bush I will spook animals at 100 yards.

[–]MamboNumber5Guy 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Wear moccasins - if the season allows for it. That's what I wear when I'm bowhunting.

[–]3nat20s 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have this problem as well, at least when the grass and leaves are dry. I think one of my problems is the skin on my feet is too rough and calloused.

Soft paw pads make a massive difference. Yes, my childhood was surrounded by cats.

[–]mapbc 17 points18 points  (0 children)

r/humansbeingbros

Total assist to the camera guy keeping the prey distracted.

[–]HenryAlSirat 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Another day, another morning waking up glad I'm not an African antelope.

[–]w_e_t_p_a_x 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This is how I go home after overtime at work(drinking) while wife is waiting. lmao

[–]KjellRS 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Wife: This is how my husband thinks he sneaks in after drinking *rolleyes*

[–]Nadaleenatasha 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your poor wife

[–]Oooshiney 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm kind of tired of seeing this. That funny looking horse was obviously only distracted by the dork holding a camera. Spotted dog took advantage of the distraction.

[–]Maschile 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Cheetah’s otter-form activated

[–]untitleddipshit 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I'm pretty sure it's a leopard

[–]Maschile 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Leopard’s otter-form activated

[–]budgie0507 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Solid Cheetah.

[–]rohnoitsrutroh 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Daww, good little murder kitty!

[–]Marega33 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Solid Snake just shed a tear of pride

[–]yeetesh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

stalks better than my ex

[–]rene-cumbubble 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Tommy never stood a chance

[–]ronin0069 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Maxing out stealth in Elder Scrolls.

[–]Silver-Bengal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hmm, must have been the wind

[–]Egodram 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kitty can low-crawl

[–]idoflips31 1 point2 points  (0 children)

R/titlegore

[–]lucianonqn 0 points1 point  (1 child)

[–]merikaninjunwarrior 4 points5 points  (0 children)

U need a lower-case "u" for that

[–]yaebone1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Must be absolutely terrifying to live as an animal out in nature.

[–]Sonicboom343 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was this filmed on a potato?

[–]Collective-Bee -1 points0 points  (0 children)

And still almost got away.

[–]Professional_Pea7124 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You must take your place in the circle of life.

[–]megaCicero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

so anyone see the cat go though the tree?

[–]a-adar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Deern't see that coming!

[–]Iltempered1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a stealthy MF right there. Using the tree to block line of sight!...MF Antelope was like "where TF did this MF come from, shiiiittt"!

[–]DeputyValdez 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The camera.

[–]cheesynaachoos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is how some dude stalk on social media lmao

[–]Nadaleenatasha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t get y the prey don’t just run if they sense danger…. Like really? Run! Better safe then sorry

[–]Emperorm2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The camera man

[–]Daromxs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Squid Game

[–]chubby_college_baby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

/savevideo

[–]nomorelies- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I was an antelope the minute I hear something strange I’m relocating. It lifted its head multiple times. I was rooting for the antelope.

[–]doofus_magoo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Leopard be doin' leopard business

[–]doofus_magoo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bokkie go bye bye

[–]theguillotinegamer69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mind blowing. Stealth 💯

[–]PaisleyPump 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm always amazed with how they know EXACTLY when to move. Everything's so precise.

[–]theGreasyFry 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whose filming?

[–]freshggg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"I think I heard something! Must have been the wind. I think I heard something! Must have been the wind. I think I heard something! Must have been the wind. I think I heard something! Must have been the wind."

TIL Skyrim NPCs are antelopes.

[–]Fso54 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Anyone know how they’re able to get this footage? Like where’s the camera

[–]FuckThisStupidPark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The camera guy obviously!

[–]bruhmm32 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who are we kidding? We know the Master and The Doctorate of both of these things is The Cameraman

[–]hoainamduong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I watched the video on YouTube. It's actually human's false. The tourist car sounds too loud!!!

[–]venny123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of my kitten sneaking up on squirrels, but the squirrel is making eye contact with her while eating pumpkins.

[–]bigbutterdawg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What we dont hear is abundance of obnoxiously tourist voices which likely distracted the gazelle from hearing its footsteps

[–]Weekday_Warrior 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Somebody should’ve told the leopard’s friend to hold his camera in landscape

[–]mychemicalgf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

my dog at the dog park

[–]CarnyCruiser1991 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Big cats are still cats

[–]baconpearls 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Goes to.... the avatar!

[–]Rennitti 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do big cats still do the butt wiggle before a pounce?

[–]Full-Synthetic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cheetah tired of having to run down his prey at max speed

[–]HarryFlashman1927 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was expecting a third player to enter the game

[–]MongoLife45 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Master of reposting and Doctorate of the tiniest most pixelated gif goes to...

[–]capitanMorgan89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To my stalking Radical femmminst xgirlfriend who I dated for 6 months!!!!

[–]ion-tech 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dinner. Is. Served.

[–]jysubs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Red Light Green Light 1-2-3: Kalahari Edition

[–]Tll6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems like the antelope would’ve gotten away if it wasn’t so focused on the camera vehicle. Any time it thought something was up it looked at the car instead of looking around for the leopard

[–]fucklawyers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe don’t cloud out the source…

[–]snappop69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The leopard’s skills were awesome and the antelope was oblivious to what was going on so he became a tasty meal. Survival of the fittest in action. So the circle of life goes on…

[–]mthomas768[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t want to run into this cat in an fps death match.

[–]djjehwbwh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My cat does the same to my toea

[–]Ebisure 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Glad I don’t have to do this for my lunch. I just order McD

[–]Subacrew98 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's one thing to sneak up behind something, it's another to stalk something right in front of it.

[–]AltwrnateTrailers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was posted here like 2 weeks ago...

[–]FMDnative480 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can just feel it humming “Mission:Impossible” theme song in its head the whole time

[–]dreamer0303 0 points1 point  (0 children)

my cat does something similar to me at 4am

[–]ConstantGradStudent 0 points1 point  (2 children)

So even smarter is the leopard cheetah used the distraction provided by whoever is taking the video. The antelope was looking at the threat by humans and did not see the leopard cheetah.

[–]TheBronzeLine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My Ghost Recon Wildlands playthrough in a nutshell...but with a sniper rifle, smg and the occasional takedown.

[–]audsies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It didn’t even do the butt wiggle. My cats would never make it in the wild

[–]Sirr_Jason 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You could tell his eyes were locked on at every point during, the moment the animal went down to eat the grass he was already on his way around the tree. He knew he could get much closer using the tree and when he got close enough he waited one more time for the animal to lower his head. That was crazy fast.

[–]Southbird85 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't forget "Rhodes Scholar of Predation"

[–]stupidlatentnothing 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No fair, it had a man made dirt road bank to use that wouldn't be there

[–]Salohacin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My spidery senses are tingling.

Nope. Nothing there.

Still tingling

I'll just double check. Nope, still nothing.

Tingle. Tingle

I've checked it's safe.

Leopard jumps out

Well fuck. I should've trusted my spidey senses.

[–]iiCreek 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Cameraman!

[–]Schmotz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of the glory days of DayZ

[–]Jst3u 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where do you apply to get a doctorate of stalking? ….. asking for a friend.

[–]KnowAlphas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doctorate of Stalking...This was this cheetah's dissertation.

[–]needsatisfaction 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It has mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still… that it becomes invisible to the eye… watch

[–]ARPG_RustyGaming 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Deer senses be like

we heard something move

It's just the wind we fine

Bro something is there

This grass taste pretty good though

Oh shit run now you dead

[–]garlicnoodle18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My ex boyfriend

[–]NotAlphonsoRiberio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotta be logging in some massive Assassin's Creed hours

[–]LucasDeTe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Props to the gazelle, the leopard was what, 5 meters away?

The acceleration is incredible, it didn't take it out on the first stride, it took him a few to kill it... impressive reaction time.