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, filmed as the impala leapt through the passenger-side 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'.

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Responses to "Impala seeks refuge from cheetah by leaping into tourists' car"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that was amazing. Luckily the cheetah didn't follow and those people stayed cool enough not to panic and open the car door.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Glad the impala was so intelligent to take the split second chance to jump into the car. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nature is truly wonderful and awe inspiring yet cruel as well. I'm happy for the Impala & sad that the Cheetah went hungry.

  4. How Incredible! God's creatures are amazing!

  5. Fili says:

    That was amazing.The impala was smart to jump in the car. I'm glad no one got hurt.

  6. Unknown says:

    Put a collar on it and bring it home

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