Video footage showing the moment a kind tourist rescues an impala from being stuck in the mud has warmed hearts across the world. The video clip shows a man driving through Kruger National Park when he notices an impala unable to move, as he is stuck in a mud pool while the rest of his herd continue to move forward without him.
The man then goes up to the impala, removes his shoes and his socks, leaves them by the bank of the mud pool, steps into the mud, holds the impala by his horns and pulls him free from the muddy water.
The animal is looking exhausted, lies on the ground for a few moments, probably trying to regain movement in his hind legs as they had been stuck in the mud for some time before he is able to finally hop along with the rest of his herd and leaves the scene.
Steve Haley, from Canterbury, later explained that he was on safari and was driving around the park when he saw the stuck impala. “I was on my own during a self-safari where I take a tent, rent a car and camp in the park for eight weeks.” He said.
Steve, who’s a chef along with clearly being quite the safari enthusiast, sprang into action without second thought when he saw the poor impala stuck.
Being stuck in such situations can be dangerous for animals out in the wild, as without their herd, they are exposed to danger from predators and are vulnerable to starvation.
It is nice to see a kind man willing to go out of his way, even risk his life to save an otherwise doomed animal.