Leap of faith! Astonishing footage shows wildebeest soaring over the heads of two lionesses as it escapes seven hungry big cats
- Wildebeest escaped at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
- Animal leaps over two lionnesses and then escapes four more which join chase
- When it jumped, wildebeest lashed out rear hoof catching a lion in the face
This is the incredible moment a wildebeest evades one lionness before leaping over two others – and then four more appear and he escapes them too.
The escape was photographed by Bonga Njujula, head guide at Rhino Post Safari Lodge at the Kruger National Park in South Africa, and was also caught on film.
Footage shows the animal running quickly and feinting to the left to evade a swipe from the first lionness, before he leaps over two others and escapes across a river as four more lionesses join the chase.
Incredible images show the moment a wildebeest escapes the clutches of hungry lionesses at Kruger National Park in South Africa and the escape was also caught on film
The wildebeest shoots off the ground and jumps over the two lionesses waiting for him
People filming exclaimed ‘my God’ when the wildebeest leaped over the lionesses.
Once it had got past them, it charged into the river and reached the other side before running quickly again as the lionesses – four more had been hiding in the grass – followed close behind.
And Mr Njujula’s amazing photos captured the moment in exquisite detail.
The first of these incredible pictures show the wildebeest as he stumbled into the path of two hungry lionesses.
The pictures were shot by Bonga Njujula, head guide at Rhino Post Safari Lodge at the Kruger National Park
The animal flies over over the lionesses’ heads as one of them claws up at him with a huge paw
But just as the killer beasts are about to pounce, the wildebeest beat them to it and launched himself at them.
The animal flew over the lionesses’ heads as one of them clawed up at him with a huge paw.
But the wildebeest had a formidable weapon of his own – a massive kick – and as he lashed out a rear hoof, it caught the unfortunate hunter square in the face, no doubt denting her pride.
The wildebeest darts across a river after jumping over the lionesses and escaping their claws
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