Impala performs incredible acrobatics as it flies through air in attempt to escape cheetah

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.

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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.

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“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.

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