Leopard Walks Through South African Restaurant While Hunting for Its Breakfast in Stunning Video
Watch as a leopard walks into a restaurant at Singita Ebony Lodge in South Africa.
Um, table for one?
While many people are staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic, certain public places, including restaurants, are experiencing some rare animal sightings. And, as it turns out, the animal kingdom is just as dedicated to brunch as we are.
Don’t worry — the big cat wasn’t looking for anything that was literally on the menu.
Erika Wiese, Innovation Edge philanthropy fund’s global partnerships lead, captured a video of the leopard walking through the restaurant, apparently stalking a bushbuck (a type of African antelope). Wiese told Kruger Sightings she first heard nearby vervet monkeys making alarm calls before spotting the predator. Luckily, the animal was very calm and few guests were around to startle it.
“Myself, my uncle, and two of my closest friends continued chatting on the deck after breakfast,” Weise told Kruger Sightings. “This particular morning, vervet monkeys alerted us to the presence of a leopard that made its way onto the upper deck, crossed the lower deck, and then made its way from the lodge to remain undetected.”
Wiese added, “We felt complete awe, reverence, respect, and gratitude. What a rare experience to have such an encounter with a leopard. The situation proved that wildlife and people can live and interact with each other in harmony and respect.”
Wiese advises anyone who is in a similar situation to simply remain calm. “This was extremely rare for me and all I can say to someone in that situation is to stay calm and respectful,” she said. She added that Singita's staff is well-trained for animal encounters and have strict safety protocols in place to protect guests.