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Insane footage of a leopard protecting her cub from an attack in the wild [VIDEO]

              In this Tuesday, Jan. 31,2012 showing Conga, a six-year-old female leopard smacks her lips while waiting for a feeding at the Lions, Tigers, and Bears rescue facility in Alpine, Calif. There are as many as 20,000 privately owned cats in the U.S. and about half are tigers, according to groups like the World Wildlife Fund and the AZA. The WWF says there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild in Asia. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Most safari guides go for years without seeing a fight as intense as the one in the video below.

In the clip, shot on safari in South Africa, a male leopard goes after a baby leopard cub hiding in a tree, and the cub’s mother goes into instant attack mode.

Watch the video of a mother leopard protecting its cub: