JOHANNESBURG – An impala has been captured on camera sensationally escaping two cheetahs – by leaping into a car full of tourists.
The terrified animal appeared to be a seconds from death when an unexpected window of opportunity appeared.
Samantha Pittendrigh, 20, was filming as the impala leapt through the window of a Toyota Prado.
She said: “We started freaking out, going crazy. We couldn’t believe it – we were absolutely dumbstruck.
“We watched the cheetah chasing the impala. We saw a few of them turn around in the bushes towards the road they were running from.
“All of a sudden we saw the impala jump out of the bushes and then someone started screaming: ‘It is in the car, it is in the car’.
“People in other cars screamed: ‘Open the door, open the door’.”
In the confusion, one of the passengers managed to open a door and the impala is seen seconds later trotting across the road to freedom in full view of the cheetahs, who abandoned the chase.
The footage was captured in Kruger National Park where park rules state you must stay inside your vehicle at all times.
Pittendrigh, who was visiting the park with friends, was left stunned by the trip.
She added: “My family are so jealous. In all the years my parents have been going to Kruger Park they have never seen anything like it and we do go regularly.
“It really is a once-in- a-lifetime thing and we managed to be in the right place at the right time.” © The Daily Telegraph