Impala Jumps Into Car of Tourists to Escape Cheetahs

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A desperate impala eager to escape death jumped unexpectedly into a car full of tourists in Africa when it was being chased by two cheetahs.

The animal was captured on film making the leap into the car, which had its windows down.

The impala was chased by the cheetahs with its heard, but it soon found itself alone, meaning it would be dinner to the spotted creatures soon.

Fortunately, it found a window of opportunity and was able to escape death. Once the impala jumped in the car, the tourists let it out farther away from the cheetahs and it was able to make a successful escape.

Samantha Pittendrigh, 20, who was filming, said, "We started freaking out going crazy. We couldn't believe it - we were absolutely dumbstruck. We had absolutely no idea what was going on." 

"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.' We heard a little girl screaming in the car. The boy sitting outside the car filming looked a lot younger, so it must have been a family."

"People in other cars screamed 'open the door, open the door.'"

The incident happened in Kruger National Park, South Africa, where the rules indicate that you must stay in your car at all times.

Pittendrigh, who has been to the park many times, was shocked by the event.

"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."

"I was very happy to witness something like that but I felt sorry for the cheetah."

Sources: Daily Mail, Telegraph