Watch: A Leopard Strikes A Friendship With An Impala.

Usually, impalas run for their lives at the mere whiff of a leopard and for good reason — doing otherwise would mean ending up being dinner.

But one youngster has evidently failed to learn this essential survival lesson — moreover, it seems determined to BEFRIEND a big cat. And amazingly, the cat reciprocates…

The incredible scene takes place in Kruger National Park, South Africa, and has been captured on video by game ranger Estiaan Houy while out on safari with British and American guests.

1. A leopard “befriends” an impala.

Today’s Awesomeness.