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Porcupine wards off hungry leopard in South Africa

By Ben Hooper
Porcupine wards off hungry leopard in South Africa
A leopard in South Africa's Kruger National Park about to make a regrettable decision. Storyful video screenshot

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A safari tour group in South Africa's Kruger National Park captured footage of an unlucky leopard failing to find a meal in its confrontation with a plucky porcupine.

The video, shot during a safari tour earlier this month and posted to YouTube by Endless Summer Tours, features footage of a porcupine being chased by a tenacious leopard that repeatedly takes quills to its face and body before giving up its pursuit of the ostensibly tasty prey.

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"In August 2015 we were on a safari tour in the Kruger National Park from Johannesburg. It was our last morning when we spotted a leopard in the grass and realized he was on the hunt! Suddenly out of the hole came running a porcupine and the fight was on," the video's description reads.

"The leopard tried multiple attacks but each time ended up with a whole host of quills in its face and body. Eventually after one particularly poor attempt by the leopard the porcupine took its chance to make a dash for it!" the tour group wrote.

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