Animals

By Mikey Jones

 

A photographer has captured the moment an antelope leapt into the air reaching the height of an elephant.

Janet Kleyn, 52, from Botswana, captured the image of the impala – a medium-sized antelope – jumping up as high as the elephant in Mashatu Game Reserve.

The wildlife photographer said: “I was sitting in an underground photographic hide at Mashatu Game Reserve, photographing the elephant approaching the water.

“The impala was drinking off to the left and all of a sudden jumped into my viewfinder and I got the shot.

“Impalas will jump when they are startled and they can reach heights of up to three meters.

“The way that the impalas’ jump is thought to be a way of showing off and demonstrating their strength and ability to the intruder.

“It is obvious that this impala didn’t notice the approaching elephant. He had only just caught sight of him as he got closer to the water.

“The elephant was not showing any signs of aggression towards the impala.”