A flying gazelle was captured by a leaping lion in a super classic video that made netizens admire

A flying gazelle was captured by a leaping lion in a super classic video that made netizens admire

A soaring lion leaps from a ridge to catch a fleeing antelope in mid air.

The extraordinary take-down happened after a pair of lionesses surprised two blesboks running in their direction.

To escape, a frightened blesbok jumped several metres from the ridge – only to be intercepted mid-flight by the hungry female.

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Pincer movement: A pair of lions move in for the kill on a fleeing antelope in the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa as the other blesbok watches on

Predatory pounce: The extraordinary take-down happened after a pair of lionesses surprised two blesboks running in their direction

The claws are out: In a bid to escape, one of the blesboks jumped several metres from the ridge – only to be intercepted mid-flight by the hungry female

Captured: The lioness hauls the antelope to the ground after leaping from a ridge to grab its prey

The other blesbok was left to make a lucky getaway, while the captured animal was swiftly devoured by the fearsome predators.

Tour guide Joné Fick, 28, filmed the incredible moment just feet away from her tour bus.

The group had been watching the two lionesses perched on the ridge in the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa.

Joné said: ‘Suddenly the lionesses got up and ran full speed at the two blesbok, which were running up the hill towards them.

 

Front-row seat: Tour guide Joné Fick, 28, filmed the incredible moment just feet away from her tour bus

Dinner is served: One of the blesboks was left to make a lucky getaway, while the captured animal was swiftly devoured by the fearsome predators

 

Hunger games: After overpowering the blesbok, the lions dragged it back to the top of the ridge to enjoy a hard-won meal

‘The blesbok decided to take the only option out which was jumping towards the road, falling four metres to the ground.

‘The second lioness made an amazing jump towards this blesbok and grabbed it mid-air only to slam with it on to the road right next to our vehicle.

‘I’ve never heard of such a sighting – this was pure luck to be in the right place at the right time.’

 

Lying in wait: The lionesses sit patiently for their prey in the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa

 

Tour guide Joné Fick said: ‘In my six years of living and working in the bush, this is definitely my best sighting ever’

Despite hitting the ground hard, the animals continued to fight before the two lionesses overcame the South African antelope.

Joné added: ‘In my six years of living and working in the bush, this is definitely my best sighting ever.

‘The lioness and blesbok fell so close on the ground next to us that I sure they would fall against the vehicle.

‘We were all mumbling words of disbelief and some people were just staring at the scene not able to say anything at all.’

After overpowering the blesbok, the lions dragged it back to the top of the ridge to enjoy a hard-won meal.

 

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