WATCH: Impala Escapes Pack of Wild Dogs By Swimming Through Hippo and Crocodile-Infested Waters

by Josh Lanier

An impala was left with an impossible decision when wild dogs tried to attack it at a watering hole. The animal’s only escape route was through the water, which just so happened to be filled with crocodiles and hippos. Both of which would have also enjoyed impala for dinner.

But, the impala had no choice and decided to take its chances in the water.

A tour group at the Thornybush Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park in South Africa caught the daring escape on camera.

The pack of 16 wild dogs chased the impala to the watering hole, effectively hoping to corner it. But what they didn’t realize was they were dealing with the Steve McQueen of impalas. Because before the dogs could bring down the animal, it jumped into the water and began swimming to the other side. In the video, you can see crocodiles and hippos peeking out of the water.

The dogs were less brave and just stood on the bank as their meal jumped onto someone else’s plate.

But the impala pulled off the impossible. It was somehow able to navigate through the murky waters, around the crocodiles and hippos, and reach the other bank unscathed.

“For the impala to escape the wild dogs and then not got taken down by the crocodiles in there and get past the hippos was quite amazing.” Ranger Daniel Hitchings told Latest Sightings. “Sometimes luck is on your side and sometimes it isn’t. It was this impala’s day.”

Yorkie Defends its Owner from Coyote Attack

A Yorkshire Terrier took a different approach when a coyote tried to attack its 10-year-old owner in Toronto recently. While the impala was able to run away, this brave little dog stood its ground against a wild animal three times its size.

Lily Kwan was out walking her dog, Macy, when the attack occurred last month. This neighborhood has become a popular hunting ground for coyotes recently, ABC 7 Chicago said.

In a home security video, you can see Lily running away from the coyote and screaming for help, pulling the 6-year-old Yorkie by its leash.

“I thought, am I next, what is going to happen to me?” she told the news station. “I ran to the sidewalk and started screaming for help; no one heard me. I just saw this coyote trying to attack my dog. I tried to ring people’s doorbells and knock on people’s doors; this one neighbor actually let me in.”

The coyote was able to get ahold of the dog before Kwan could get it inside. The feisty pup decided to not go out without a fight. Macy was able to save herself but only barely. The brave little Yorkie ended up in the ICU at the family’s vet suffering from several cuts and bite marks. Though the veterinarian expects Macy to make a full recovery, Kwan said. Lily and her mom started a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $36,000 so far, to pay for Macy’s care.

“She’s a super brave dog,” Lily said. “I love her so much, and I just thought this tiny dog could protect this huge human being, trying to fight off this huge coyote.”