Cheet death! Impala survives after shaking off five cheetahs in Kenya
- The 160 pound male goat was first chased by a mother cheetah who clung to his neck in the Naboisho Conservancy
- She was then accompanied by her four hungry cubs who jumped on his back and placed their claws and teeth in it
- The antelope refused to give up the fight and managed to flee after desperate kicking and struggling
- The attack was recorded in a remarkable series of photos by the British photographer Kevin Rooney, 53 years old
A formidable impala escaped miraculously after it managed to shake off five cheetahs that attacked Kenya.
The male goat somehow stood upright as the predators jumped on its back and dug their claws in to try and take it down.
But incredibly the antelope fought itself and fled.
The attack was recorded in a remarkable series of photos by the British photographer Kevin Rooney, 53, in the Naboisho Conservancy.
The photos show a mother cheetah, named Selenkei, who bumps into the 160-pound beast and clings to his neck while the impala stands firm.
Her four cubs then hunt and jump on his back while the goat kicks and struggles desperately.
The impala stands firm as a mother cheetah and her four cubs try to drag it to the ground with one jumping on his back
The mother cheetah, named Selenkei, jumped on the 160-pound beast and clung to his neck before her four cubs joined the hunt
The male buck antelope kicked and struggled as he fought desperately to stay on his legs during the attack in Kenya
Eventually it succeeds in picking them up and removing them from the exhausted cheetahs.
Mr. Rooney, an aeronautical electrical engineer from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: “We were with our nature guide who seemed to have a sixth sense for when animals would attack.
“We managed to position ourselves in such a way that the impala was between us and our truck, and then the mother cheetah, Selenkei, began to stalk the impala.
“She crawled up until she was within attack range and bounced when she caught the antelope after a few powerful strides.
“After she caught the impala, which was a large male goat, she tried to knock him down, but was not lucky.
“Her four cubs were on the scene quickly and they all started to jump over the poor impala who just seemed to be standing there.
The attack was recorded in a remarkable series of photos by the British photographer Kevin Rooney, 53, from Cheltenham
Mature impalas can weigh more than 160 pounds and stand at around 4ft and can jump over 10ft obstacles to escape prey
The impala somehow managed to shake off the five cheetahs after a desperate fight and managed to escape
“Amazingly, after a few seconds, the impala managed to shake off the five frightening predators and fled – leaving them in the dust. It was a great sight to see. “
According to National Geographic, impalas are fleet runners capable of jumping distances of up to 33 feet.
They use this technique to escape from predators and sometimes, apparently, just to entertain themselves. The impala can also release bushes and other obstacles by rising about 10ft in the air.
Usually a running impala simply jumps on everything in its path. Mature impala can weigh more than 160 pounds and stand at around 4ft long, excluding their elegant, spiral horns.
Although Rooney was very happy to take his lifelike photo, his work has a serious message.
“I like to show people what is really happening – to show the animals that are threatened at their best,” he said.
‘Elephants, lions, cheetahs. They are all at risk and if we are not careful, we will lose them forever. Their number is decreasing. Never take them for granted. ”
The impala was first stalked by the mother cheetah who bounced and got her claws in him after a short chase
The impala managed to stay upright while the first cheetah jumped on his back and lowered his teeth before four others attacked
The cheetah can be seen here chasing the impala before being accompanied by her four cubs who launched a ruthless attack