Anybody for fondue? Dead zebra bursts a fountain of blood over hungry leopard

File this one under: when dinner strikes back.

An unfortunate leopard experienced the shock of its life while eating what it thought was a harmless zebra carcass at a game reserve in South Africa. After spotting the zebra lying motionless in the shrub, the leopard began tucking into the underbelly of the tasty free meal.

But, as you can see in the video below, events take an unexpected turn when the leopard tears through the carcass and accidentally unleashes a gruesome fountain of blood. Ew.

The grisly moment was caught on camera by safari guide Taxon Nkuna during a morning patrol at the Djuma Private Game Reserve in Vuyatela.

The zebra’s bloated belly indicates that it died of natural causes and the soon-to-be-blood-soaked leopard simply happened upon the carcass.

“You can see from the bloating that it may have already been dead for over 24 hours,” the reserve’s general manager, Candice Grover, told the Daily Mail. “The Leopard wouldn’t necessarily be going for the liver but it will start eating from the softest part of the animal which is the underbelly.”

Grover went on to explain that in the time since the African equid’s passing, putrefying gases will have caused a build-up of pressure in the stomach. All liquids present in the zebra’s belly were forced out in a pressure-releasing squirt once the leopard pierced the stomach lining – so the blood shower is the least of the big cat’s worries.

Grover helpfully explains that the leopard will have been covered in an icky “amalgamation of stomach juices, blood and if it was the bladder too then some wee.”

Perhaps a bath might be in order?

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