Video footage of a cyclist hit by an antelope while mountain biking in South Africa has gone viral on the web.
The incredible video has racked up over six million views on YouTube as viewers watch Evan van der Spuy get pummeled by an antelope in a South African game reserve.
The 17-year-old is the South African Youth Cross-Country Cup Series champion. He has been at the center of global attention since the incident, which was caught on film by his Team Jeep South Africa teammate, Travis Walker.
Walker was riding behind van der Spuy as they sped across an open path, part of the Time Freight MTB Express mountain race outside of Pietermaritzburg in the Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve.
He captured the amazing footage with a GoPro handlebar-mounted camera strapped to his mountain bike.
Max Cluer, whose business Max Cluer Sports Marketing, is both the owner of Team Jeep South Africa and owner of the event in which van der Spuy was competing, loaded the 75-second clip onto YouTube on Monday afternoon.
In the video, van der Spuy can be seen pointing and looking off to his right when the Red Hartebeest bounds into the frame and pounces on the 17-year-old cyclist.
Whoa! Walker can be heard yelling as the incident unfolds. Holy cow!
The two crash to the ground. Yet, within the blink of an eye, the buck stumbles up and bolts away.
The animal, which can weigh up to 440 lbs. and reach speeds of 40mph, was a completely unexpected obstacle.
I saw it coming closer so I braked, thought it would go in between the gap. It hit him, lifted him off the ground, landed in the grass ... he started making weird noises and I didn't know what to do, Walker told ABC News.
It was being in the right place at the right time and Evan being in the wrong place at the wrong time - one of those moments, Walker added of the amazing footage.
The video ends with a view of van der Spuy's shattered helmet. He was diagnosed with a minor concussion and whiplash, but was discharged by the race's medical team on Monday morning.
It was a freak accident. I knew the buck had rushed up to me, but I can't remember what happened after that, Van der Spuy told Beeld newspaper.
He was in second place and riding at top speed at the time of the tumble.
The Scott Sports Group has said that they will be giving a new bike to van der Spuy, though he'll probably have to buy a new helmet before he heads back out - it was destroyed in the bizarre animal attack.
As the video spread across several social networking sites, the clip began trending on Twitter with the hashtag #BUCKNORRIS.
Next time warn the riders about the buck as well and not just the rhino because they do damage just as bad, van der Spuy tweeted about the incident.
His mother, Tracy was thankful that her son escaped without any serious harm.
He's very lucky to be alive, she told News24.
I was riding the race as well and didn't know he had an accident until after I had completed the race. My son Elmo had the video in the car on the way to the hospital ... I didn't want to watch it, but I could hear the sound and it was terrible, absolutely dreadful. I couldn't watch it until I knew that he was alright, she added.
Click on the video player below to watch the wild footage.
Team Jeep later posted a video with van der Spuy about what happened:
What was the first thought that went through your mind when the buck hit you?
I didn't have any thoughts, I was knocked unconscious.... When I woke up I couldn't remember what had happened
Looking at the footage, it seems like you sped up once you pointed at it - why didn't you stop?
Often buck run in front of you when you are doing trail rides. One buck had already run past me and I could see the other on my right. I didn't realize how fast it was running at me and that we would end up colliding.
Did you see the buck coming straight at you? What was your first reaction?
I saw it when it was about a meter or two away and started to brake, but at that point there was nothing I could do.
Has this experience changed your views on trail riding? Will you be more cautious when riding in the bush?
There is nothing I could've done to prepare for it. So it hasn't changed my views on trail riding. I will be back on my bike in a couple of weeks.
Looking back on it, what are the first thoughts to come to your mind?
I'm overwhelmed! When I got to school this morning I didn't realize there would be that much hype around it.