Incredible snaps of jumping impalas looks like an explosion
These incredible snaps of jumping impalas look like they’re EXPLODING – as they leap away from the jaws of a crocodile.
The thirsty impalas had gone down to a waterhole to quench their thirst – but they didn’t count on a hungry croc lying in wait.
The nimble impalas look like they could have been caught in an explosion as they leap out of the way of the ferociously snapping crocodile, as he tries and fails to catch them.
South African amateur photographer John Mullineux, 32, caught the amazing scenes on camera at Kruger National Park.
John, a chemical engineer, said: “The persistent drought made the rivers dry – as a result there are only some pools of water in the riverbeds for animals to drink from, and there is a high density of crocodiles.
“Numerous herds had come to drink – and there was a baby crocodile at one side of the pool.
“It swam in, secured its footing, and positioned its body with its head facing the water’s edge.
“Only the croc’s eyes would move as it watched and waited.
“Groups of impala would come to drink, seemingly noticing the crocodile and trying to drink far from it.
“Every time the impala got close, the croc would strike – either one impala was brave enough to get closer to the teeth, or there were too many impala and one final incomer pushed one of its friends into the strike zone.
“Whenever an impala came within range, the crocodile jumped out of the water.
“In the hours I sat there, there were five attempts – but every time the impalas got away.
“This was a quintessential African experience, but a scene I have never photographed.
“I could see the danger, as could the targets, but the degree of thirst experienced by the impala during this drought drove them to drink near such a ferocious predator.
“Only in such extremes can one truly appreciate the struggle of life faced by wildlife and I know that, once the rains come and the seasons are restored, the gene pools will be stronger and my beloved fauna will be stronger for making it through this challenge.”