Cat-astrophe! Moment cheetah’s dinner fought back!
This is the moment a gazelle made a lucky escape after it almost became dinner for a hungry cheetah.
The cheeky cheetah spotted the Grant’s Gazelle roaming the plains of in Ndutu, Tanzania and quickly eyed it up for his next meal.
As these dramatic images show the cheetah stalked the gazelle before it pounced and attempted to tackle it to the ground.
But it appeared the cheetah had met his match and a fierce fight ensued as the gazelle bravely fought for its life.
Just when it looked like the cheetah may have secured his tea, the gazelle kicked the cheetah full force with its hind legs and escaped.
Realising it had bitten off more than it could chew, the cheetah was left with no choice but to search elsewhere for his next meal.
The dramatic encounter was captured on camera by photographer Wim Van Den Heever, who was leading a photographic safari for his company Tusk Photo.
Wim, 43, from Pretoria, South Africa, said, he had spent his whole life looking to photograph a rare encounter like this.
He said: “At this time of the year, when it is calving season, there are lots and lots of predators in the area.
“The short grass plains of Africa, as they are called, are really full of cheetah, there are so many of them.
“We were looking for cheetah and picked up on a young male who was hunting, we followed him and that how we got these images.
“In the first picture you see the cheetah in stalk mode, we followed him and saw him chasing the Grant’s but it was so fast and we only caught up to him again once he had caught the Gazelle.
“Cheetahs usually hunt in a coalition when hunting for prey this size, but this male was young and inexperienced and took on a gazelle that was too big for him to bring down.
“At one stage the cheetah had the gazelle on the ground and I thought he had no chance, but the Grant’s recovered.
“We stayed with the cheetah for a while, he was tired and worn out and he eventually lay down to rest.
“The gazelle on the other hand was running for his life, it looked like he would never stop running. He is probably past Brazil by now.
“I have always dreamt about seeing a cheetah taking on a bigger prey, because photographing this kind of action is what us wildlife photographers look for wherever we go.
“That Grant’s gazelle could have killed the cheetah, it was a life and death battle between two species.
“It is a scene I have been looking for my whole life and I will keep looking for this kind of thing, but it took me 43 years to find it. It is pretty rare.”