This latest animal sighting video shows how the impala managed to escape 16 African wild dogs dive into a dam and then outrun a pack of grumpy hippos!
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Ranger Daniel Hitchings, 24, was taking visitors to the Kruger National Park’s Thornybush Game Reserve and watched wild dogs go on a killing spree.
But immediately, it seems, dessert arrived in the form of an antelope that entered their territory to drink at a watering hole and found itself surrounded.
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Making a giant leap, he gets rid of the first wild dog, but then realizes that he has no way out, as the rest of the pack surrounds him, the impala decides to risk his life with the crocodiles.
It leaps in with two huge leaps until it breaks free from the depths and swims furiously to the other side, only to catch the reptile off guard as it heads for safety on the far shore.
But the bigger danger lurks in the form of a pod of grumpy hippos lying in the shallows on the other side – and they’re in no mood to give the impala an easy way out.
But when one of the beasts pounces on him, the buck takes a side step that would make a Springbok rugby player proud.
He successfully bypassed the hippos and went hip-hip-hurrah into the African bush, making an incredible escape against all odds.
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Hitchings said: “For an impala to run away from wild dogs and then not be mauled by crocodiles there and pass hippos was quite amazing.
“Sometimes luck is on your side and sometimes it’s not. It was the day of the impala.” he added.
The impala can run short distances at speeds of up to 88 km/h, but endangered African wild dogs run slower at a constant speed of 72 km/h until their prey is finally exhausted.
When their prey gets tired, they bite the legs, stomach and side until they fall.
But luckily for this antelope, tusks can’t swim and they starved on the shore.