Incredible Footage Of An Impala Trying To Out-swim A Crocodile And Hippo - Exploring Our Globe

An impala's desperate bid to escape a crocodile's jaws was doomed to failure when Africa's most notorious killer also joined in. 

The dramatic scene unfolded in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Safari guide and presenter James Hendry spotted the impala, likely injured, standing on a small island.

Hendry provides a commentary throughout the video, saying: 'It is unlikely that the croc will be able to grab the impala on land but he could catch it if the croc came onto land and chased it into the water.'

As if it were on cue, the crocodile then starts climbing onto the island and the impala leaps for its life into the water.

The croc instantly follows the impala sliding into the water and swimming terrifyingly fast. Just as it seems the chase could not get any more horrifying for the impala a hippo joins the hunt.

'I can't believe what we're seeing here this is what we normally see in East Africa,' says Hendry.

In mere seconds the pursuit is over as the crocodile drags the impala underwater. The hippo begins fighting the crocodile before another hippo appears and the two retreat.

Bubbles can be seen rising through the water at the end of the video suggesting the crocodile is still hiding below, most likely with its jaws still closed tight around its prey.

'Obviously it’s a sad encounter for the impala,” says Hendry. 'It’s very seldom that anybody ever roots for the crocodile, but I guess the croc has to eat, too.' 

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An impala's desperate bid to escape a crocodile's jaws was doomed to failure when Africa's most notorious killer also joined in. 

The dramatic scene unfolded in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Safari guide and presenter James Hendry spotted the impala, likely injured, standing on a small island.

Hendry provides a commentary throughout the video, saying: 'It is unlikely that the croc will be able to grab the impala on land but he could catch it if the croc came onto land and chased it into the water.'

As if it were on cue, the crocodile then starts climbing onto the island and the impala leaps for its life into the water.

The croc instantly follows the impala sliding into the water and swimming terrifyingly fast. Just as it seems the chase could not get any more horrifying for the impala a hippo joins the hunt.

'I can't believe what we're seeing here this is what we normally see in East Africa,' says Hendry.

In mere seconds the pursuit is over as the crocodile drags the impala underwater. The hippo begins fighting the crocodile before another hippo appears and the two retreat.

Bubbles can be seen rising through the water at the end of the video suggesting the crocodile is still hiding below, most likely with its jaws still closed tight around its prey.

'Obviously it’s a sad encounter for the impala,” says Hendry. 'It’s very seldom that anybody ever roots for the crocodile, but I guess the croc has to eat, too.' 

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