[VIDEO] Man trudges through thick mud to rescue trapped impala — then realizes to save her, he has to risk his own life

An adorable impala almost met a devastating death when it got stuck in a big swamp at the Zimbabwe National Park. Luckily, a forest officer noticed the helpless animal and crawled through the thick mud to rescue the trapped impala.

The mud was hard to move through but he refused to give up.

He tried to pull the impala, but she was too heavy–so he tied his own safety rope around the poor creature. She was frightened of the rope but eventually trusted her rescuer.

As they were pulled back to solid ground, the impala was exhausted but joyfully reunited with her herd.