The great escape! Plucky wildebeest fights off two cheetahs, one hyena and a jackal… and lives to tell the tale!
This is the amazing moment a baby wildebeest fought off two cheetahs, one hyena and a jackal….and lived to tell the tale.
The extraordinary set of pictures, taken by professional safari guide, Garth Thompson, shows the great escape unfold as the tiny wildebeest bravely takes on four deadly predators in the Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya.
As these dramatic pictures show, the wildebeest is first set upon by two fierce cheetahs who pin the youngster to the ground.
Just as it looks as though the battle is over, a hungry hyena creeps up behind the trio and successfully scares off the two cheetahs.
The hyena then stands guard over the frightened wildebeest and tries to bite it several times.
Refusing to give up, the wildebeest eventually gets to its feet but not before a jackal appears on the scene accompanied by one of the cheetahs who returns for a second try.
Amazingly, despite being surrounded, the wildebeest manages to escape the clutches of all three predators and dashes to re-join the safety of the herd.
Garth, 57, from Zimbabwe, said the escape was incredible to watch.
He said: “It was such an unusual happy ending, I couldn’t believe it.
“I wasn’t quite prepared for what happened and was shocked to see the wildebeest shoot out of their grasp and re-join the herd.”