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South African leopard bites safari car tyre | Daily Mail Online

This is the moment a leopard starts chewing on the tyre of a car carrying touristsThe clip, taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa, shows two cats by the roadOne calmly strolls to the edge of the road, the other towards the Nissan vehicle Air can be heard shooting out as the beast rips the material off with its fangs

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This is the bizarre moment a leopard starts chewing on the tyre of a car carrying tourists on safari.

The clip, taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa, shows two of the large felines crossing the road.

One calmly strolls to the edge of the road and the other towards the Nissan vehicle.

The male leopard starts chewing on the tyre as another watches in the distance 

Air can be heard shooting out as the beast rips the material off with its fangs

The camera loses track of the cat as it disappears in front of the bonnet but it re-emerges and can be seen sinking its teeth into the tyre.

Air can be heard shooting out as the beast rips the material off with its fangs.

At this point, tour guide Johann Jurgens, notices what the leopard is doing and driver quickly reverses away from the cat.

Jurgens, 38, said that the incident was a once in a lifetime encounter.

The Director of a South African tour company said: ‘ As we slowly approached, we noticed a male leopard following her onto the road in close quarters.

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‘The female proceeded to cross the road and the male started walking straight up to our vehicle parked about 60m away.

‘Moments later, I lost visual of the leopard as he disappeared in front of the vehicle thinking that he probably came up for a sniff and would walk right past us to follow the female. About a minute later I felt something bumping the car and that’s when we realized that the leopard was actually biting the tyre.

‘What made this sighting special was that it happened at one of the busiest junctions in the southern part of the park, in the middle of the school holidays, bang on peak game drive time and there were no other vehicles in sight!

‘It was a definite once in a lifetime encounter, I mean we all drive around for hours and hours hoping to just catch a glimpse of a leopard, but having one come walking right up to you and giving your car a tyre a good old bite is unheard of.’

The group found 7 puncture marks on the tyre, Jurgens confirmed.

The beast strolls off after causing seven punctures in the rubber 

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