While in Kenya’s Massai Mara nature reserve, photographer Ingo Gerlach had his camera ready for an interesting show of nature.
Unfortunately in the Animal Kingdom, most stories don’t have a happy ending in terms of the food chain. As this zebra avoids a crocodile attack, a leopard approaches, and the poor zebra becomes a shared lunch for two predators in this leopard and crocodile attack.
The photoset Gerlach captured is a crystal clear depiction of the force of nature at work, and as he told The Daily Mail, “The zebras spotted [the crocodiles] but they had no choice but to cross…I saw one get caught but with its last strength, she managed to rescue herself onto the rocky riverbank and collapsed in shock. Just at that moment, a male leopard appeared and, considering its injuries, the zebra had no chance.”
Warning: photos not for the faint of heart.
As the leopard did its work on the zebra, the crocodile returned to its lost prize, despite having missed out on its first opportunity. When both dining parties were satisfied, they returned to their respective areas, one on land and one on sea.
Photosets like these are often difficult to swallow, but it does highlight the biological way of the natural world. It also highlights how important the predator-prey relationship is, especially when two predators are satisfied at once.