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Impala Jumps Into Tourist’s Car to Escape Cheetahs (Video)

In Kruger National Park, an impala fleeing from two hungry cheetahs sees a literal window of opportunity and jumps into the car of an unsuspecting family on safari. All parties involved in this improbable scene must have been dumbstruck — the impala who barely escapes death in the oddest of ways, the cheetahs who are unclear as to where their lunch suddenly disappeared to and of course the family who found themselves suddenly harboring a terrified impala. The young women on safari who filmed the sequence were also dumbstruck as you can hear them squeal “It is in the car!”  ”It is in the car!”

The boy in the back seat of the impala-saving car, who was perched on his window filming the incident, retained his wits during the chaos and quickly open the door.  As soon as the door opened the impala shot out of the car probably completely bewildered as to what had just happened.

Considering all the possible situations that could have unfolded (impala refuses to exit the car… or the cheetah jumps into the car as well) it seems that what happened was the best case scenario.

And by the way, if you were feeling sorry for the hungry cheetahs who were cheated out of a meal (after all cheetahs must eat too), then you will be relieved to know that the same tourists saw the spotted felines in question dining on another impala just down the road.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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10:33AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Barbara, why are you advertising Kodak? ;-)

10:33AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

thank you

10:29AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Wow ... that is amazing. Talk about living life up close and personal!

8:17AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

There was a possibility of the cheetah in the car as well as the impala... that would be hard to handle! But, the guy in the back seat was come we didn't get an in-the-car view, just one from another car!

As it is, that was one smart impala!

4:34AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Great video. Thanks for sharing.

6:26AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

thanks for sharing

6:00AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

lucky escape amazing thanks

12:38PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Certainly what I'd call a Kodak Moment!!

12:36PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013


8:04PM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

humans on natures menu......south africas version of fast these nature videos...

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