Watch a Leopard Attack a Car And Rip Paneling Off

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: February 21, 2023
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Sadly, this is a typical illustration of the tensions that can arise between human and wild animal populations when human settlements encroach on animal habitats. It is difficult to balance the needs of both species and conflicts can arise. Here we see a wild animal, a leopard, in a suburban environment and it creates a situation that is distressing for both species.

Leopard on the Road!

Most road trips do not encounter leopards and most vehicles do not need to be leopard proof. But this was the exception. The footage was taken from within one vehicle but shows a leopard attacking another. The big cat leaps over a high fence into the path of one vehicle but leaps on top of another vehicle coming in the opposite direction. It seems as if the leopard perceives the traffic to be a threat and is therefore attacking it. Leopards are large and powerful animals with strong claws and it has no problem pulling a panel off the vehicle before falling back into the road. It then runs off down the road pursued by the cameraperson. It then seems to disappear but has probably taken refuge in someone’s garden! This could lead to further problems but they are not captured on film.

Leopard drinking water
The Leopard is a solitary and nocturnal animal that hunts both on the ground and in the trees.

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All About Leopards

Leopards are found in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. They are not the largest of the ‘big cats’ but grow up to 200 pounds. They have a long, slender body and a short tail. They have retractable claws so that they do not get blunted when they are walking around.

They have very keen hearing and it is easy to understand that they would be startled by traffic. Many of their habitats are under threat from deforestation and growing human settlements. However, they have proved to be an adaptable species and many live and hunt near urban activity.

They are very agile and spend a lot of their time in trees. We see in this vid that the leopard had no problem scaling the fence and leaping on the vehicle. Tigers, lions, Nile crocodiles and pythons are amongst the few animals that will attack a leopard. However, humans are also a threat and leopards are hunted by humans as trophies. It also seems that they are not that keen on traffic!

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Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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