This was the first time that I saw our two male Cheetahs on a kill. They often hunt in very thick areas and only appear once they are well fed, far away from the actual kill. On this occasion they brought down a baby Zebra on the savanna. In this picture one of the brothers is keeping watch while the other one still feeds on the carcass.
Cheetahs eat incredibly fast because they often loose their kill to larger predators.
They can “stuff” themselves to the point they have difficulties moving – except when motivated by an approaching Lion :-).
The Zebra’s mother was still looking and calling for her calf when we arrived at the scene. A wound on her back showed that she had recently survived a Lion attack. And now she lost her new-born calf to the Cheetah. Let’s hope she survives her injury and that she will be able to have another calf.
I see the wound now, it is on the back of the mother zebra’s back leg. Your words were quite touching Chris; “Let’s hope she survives her injury and that she will be able to have another calf.” The look on the mother’s face as she watches on… I know cheetahs are in peril. It was good to see their bellies full of food. Thank you for sharing these wonderful and rare photos!