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article imageVideo: Impala escapes cheetah by jumping into tourists' car

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jul 10, 2013 in Environment
An impala chased by two hungry cheetahs at the Kruger National Park in South Africa made good his escape by jumping into a car full of tourists through the window.
The animal appeared to have been cornered on two sides when it saved itself from death by using a human technological facility to his advantage.
A tourist named Samantha Pittendrigh, 20, was filming cheetahs chasing a group of leaping impalas streaking across the road when the amazing incident happened.
The tourists had rolled down the windows of their car to film the scenes around them.
The Daily Mail reports Pittendrigh 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 passengers opened the door and the impala jumped out. The video shows the cheetahs standing only a few yards away staring in awe at the impala as he crosses the road to safety. The seemed so impressed with the animal's stunt that they did not give chase.
Impala chased by cheetah jumps into tourists  car
Impala chased by cheetah jumps into tourists' car
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The circumstances make one wonder what would have happened had the hungry cheetah jumped after the impala into the car.
Pittendrigh, a student at the University of Pretoria, who was visiting the park with her friends, said: "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 a sorry for the cheetah. There are so many impala, it is not like they will miss one of them."
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