Animals

By Kristiana Hall


An impala was sent flying through the air in an incredible show of acrobatics in an attempt to avoid a dust-up with a hungry cheetah.

Reinhard Radke, a professional photographer from Germany, caught the airborne animal moments before it was caught by the big cat in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Reinhard and Gabi Radke/Caters News

His incredible image sequence shows the impala appear to hit a termite mound at a speed of nearly 40 miles per hour, toppling the animal in her tracks and allowing the cheetah to take advantage.

Reinhard, 70, said: “We watched for an hour from a distance until a cheetah started to chase a female impala in very high grass.

Reinhard and Gabi Radke/Caters News

“The chase turned straight into the direction of our car and the antelope miscalculated the height of a termite mount in its way.

“Just 20 metres away she hit the mound and lost control.

Reinhard and Gabi Radke/Caters News

“The cheetah overwhelmed the impala before it could get back on its hooves.”