Dramatic moment freerunner is chased by enormous Saint Bernard dog – but escapes by leaping between buildings
This is the dramatic moment one of the world’s top freerunners almost fell victim to an enormous Saint Bernard dog as it broke free and chased him.
The first-person video, which features the death-defying stunts of Pedro Salgado, shows the parkour runner jumping from building to building and landing seemingly impossible jumps.
However, there were no plans for the appearance of the huge dog.
Founder and co-owner of the company Omar Elahi says Pedro’s scramble to get away from the canine was truly terrifying.
“That dog-attack at the end was 100 per cent real,” he says.
He adds: “During the shooting of this video, where we wanted to show the smiling faces and the inner-city dwellings, on his last run, the Saint Bernard broke free and chased Pedro.
“He had to jump the distance between the two buildings just to get away from the dog.
“The acceleration he had was incredible. I mean, the guy can jump, but from one building to another across a street?”
“Pedro said it was some of the craziest Parkour he’s ever done.”
The incident occurred as Pedro made his way across the rooftops of Hyderabad in India.
The Peter Parkour brand was founded in 2010 by Omar, who now co-owns the group with the two parkour runners who make the videos, Pedro and friend Antonio Mojonero.
Their aim is to promote parkour to the public, and they seem to be getting their already, with over 330,000 followers on Facebook alone.
So what is it about parkour that is so appealing?
“The freedom. The adrenaline. The fitness. The release from monotony and boredom when it comes to exercise. There are no bars, no boxes, no rules,” Omar says.
“And the support we get is great. We’ve been contacted by so many people from around the world telling us they love what we are doing.
“The only negative reaction we sometimes get is from people who have an opinion on the subject matter, or say that it’s fake.”