I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

Let me preface this by saying: Yes, I know it has nothing to do with what we write about here but there are rare occasions when we venture beyond the confines of ghosts, UFOs and crypto creatures.

This video is quite remarkable as it depicts a rare occurrence. Typically herbivore’s are not very aggressive but in this case we must be dealing with the UFC champion of the Antelope world. In fact, I’ve taken note recently of the typically skittish and timid plains animals becoming more and more aggressive toward their predatory nemesis.

Most recently I’ve watched in wildlife documentaries as Wildebeests now go after lions en mass before the lions even mount an attack.

Maybe that’s what is going on here as this juggernaut hartebeest teaches mountain biker Evan van der Spuy of Team Jeep South Africa who’s boss.

Amazing footage shows mountain biker ambushed by African antelope

Mountain bike racers face many obstacles, which in South Africa seem to include wild animals. To be sure, Evan van der Spuy is fortunate not to have been seriously injured, or worse, when a red hartebeest sprung from the brush and head-butted him off his bike during a weekend competition at Albert Falls Dam. The amazing incident was captured on video by another rider who was wearing a helmet cam. (Warning: Video contains a brief expletive after the collision.)

“Haha, think I might need a new helmet, that’s just a guess,” Van der Spuy said in a post on the Team Jeep South Africa Facebook page, noting that his helmet was mangled during the brief assault.

While Van der Spuy was clearly shaken in the moment, he shook off the brute-force blow rather quickly.

Red hartebeests, a type of antelope, are among the swiftest animals in Africa and can attain speeds of 65 mph. Van der Spuy, who may have startled the beast or represented a perceived threat, can attest that the creatures are also masters of ambush.

Source: Grind TV

Now, was that cool or what? Evan was shaken up a bit, however, only his pride sustained any injury.

OK, back to the ghosts, UFOs and crypto creatures. Hope you enjoyed this little break from the norm.

  • I would rather deal with antelope than cars– the hit he took is amazing but so is the setting. That is going on my list of dream vacations!!

  • haywoodzarathustra

    Doesn’t seem like the safest place in the world for a bike race. Are there lion pride update advisories? Cape buffalo stampede warnings? How many rended, crushed, and shredded tourists are within acceptable athletic risks?

  • theRealEric

    I instantly thought about the lions as well. You’d think that a guy on a bike cruising around would look awfully tastey to a lion. Sweet video though, someone needs to teach that hartebeest to ice skate and then get it an NHL contract.

  • Ron

    Guys, there are no predators (well, not any ones that threaten us) at Albert Falls, so relax. They do have rhino there, but I don’t recall seeing one (admittedly, the last time I was there was years ago).

  • Ron,

    No Lions? No Jackals?

    I guess our ignorance shows as we tend to think Africa is crawling with Predators.

  • Ron

    Yes, really. The myth that we have lions roaming our suburbs is just that, a myth. 🙂 Most of the big game got hunted out in the 1800s anyway; you have to go to the larger game parks (i.e. the ones in northern KZN, Kruger, etc.) to view them.

    As is the case anywhere in the world, the predators that one does have to watch out for are of the human variety.