Amir Raza Khatri

Camera: Canon R5

Lens: Canon 400mm 2.8 IS 2

Aperture: 2.8

Shutter speed: 1/2500

ISO: 100

Description: A Leopard being tossed in the air by the protective strength of a female warthog forcing it to give up its prized meal.

Story from behind the lens: In a recent incident that I witnessed in the Maasai Mara of Kenya, a Sow showcased its bravery and parental instincts by saving its piglet from a well-known leopardess called Faulu. The encounter began when Faulu stealthily approached the Warthog family, eyeing the vulnerable piglets. Faulu managed to catch one of the three piglets and instinctively, the mother reacted by attacking Faulu's abdomen with her powerful tusks and tossing her up in the air. This made Faulu drop the piglet immediately from her jaws and scamper off into the thicket for safety. The piglet was fortunate to have survived yet another day in the wild thanks to its mother's protective instincts and strength - a clear testament of how brave these animals really are.