|The impala jumps into a car to escape two cheetahs in Kruger National Park in South Africa|
Desperate times require desperate measures – and when an impala was targeted by two vicious cheetahs, it made a jump for it that will not soon be forgotten.
The distressed animal was captured on camera leaping into a car full of tourists in order to escape the predators.
The terrified animal appeared to be seconds away from death when an unexpected window of opportunity appeared – quite literally.
The animal had been chased by the cheetah along with its herd when it realised it was the only one left behind.
|This is the moment when the impala jumps into the tourists' car in front of the chocked cheetahs|
As the two ferocious animals appeared to have cornered the impala – it leaped into a nearby car which happened to have its windows rolled down.
Samantha Pittendrigh, 20, happened to be filming the chase when the impala jumped through the passenger-side window of a Toyota in front of her.
She 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.'
|One person inside the car appears oblivious to the fact that an impala is on its way inside the vehicle and continues to film the cheetah chase|
‘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.
|As the terrified impala realises it is the cheetahs' chosen meal, it looks for a way out, and spots the car|
In the confusion, one of the passengers managed to open a door and the impala is seen just seconds later trotting across the road to freedom.
|A group of impala flee across a road in Kruger National Park, South Africa when one of them take an unexpected turn|
The footage was captured in Kruger National Park, South Africa, where according to park rules you must stay inside your vehicle at all times.
|As the last impala cross the road, the cheetahs' intended meal finds a novel way to escape|
Unlike some of her friends, she has made several trips to Kruger National Park but was left stunned by the trip.
|The bewildered cheetahs are left with long noses and empty stomachs as the impala disappears into the car|
‘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.’
However, the world's fastest land-animal was not completely ‘cheetah-ed’, as one of them managed to make a kill a mere dozen feet along the road, according to Miss Pittendrigh.