Even when you’re blessed with nine lives, it’s not the most hopeful of situations.

For one wild cat, it looked as if fleeing to the top branches of a tree high above the African savannah could not save it from a fierce predator closing in rapidly from below.

So when you’re struggling to escape a caracal – also known as a desert lynx – sometimes you just have to make a
giant leap of faith.Prepare for take-off: In a last-ditch attempt to escape an approaching caracal, or desert lynx, the desperate wild cat launched itself from the top branches of a tree above the African savannah, from 100ft in the air

Prepare for take-off: In a last-ditch attempt to escape an approaching caracal, or desert lynx, the desperate wild cat launched itself from the top branches of a tree above the African savannah, from 100ft in the airPrepare for take-off: In a last-ditch attempt to escape an approaching caracal, or desert lynx, the desperate wild cat launched itself from the top branches of a tree above the African savannah, from 100ft in the airSurvival: The desert lynx was heartbroken to see its lunch disappear into thin air after the rapid pursuit Summoning every last ounce of courage, the feline launched itself into empty space – and amazingly landed unscathed on the ground 100ft below, before racing off to complete an unlikely escape.

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