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As we were watching the babies searching for Mom, a male adult Thompson's gazelle literally ran into them. The cheetahs attacked and got the Tommy to the ground, but didn't know how to apply the kill. After a few seconds of wild-ass struggling, the gazelle got to its feet and fled- apparently unhurt.
As we left the area our guide said the three cheetahs would almost certainly get together within a few hours. Mom was mewing for them, and they for her. The guide also said that the yearlings were...Show more →
Update on the cheetah "attack."
I checked several news sources and they all verified the so-called "attack."
But it wasn't really an attack.
The president was visiting a military installation and they were feeding a captive cheetah. The animal lunged at the president and swiped him in the face with his claws. But cheetah claws are non-retractable, so they are not sharp like other cats; they are more like dog claws.
The president was treated, but it was not necessary for him to go to the hospital.
By his own admission, it was no big deal.
They apparently aren't sure what triggered it, but feeding a wild hunter while it's in a cage is cause for strange behavior under the best of circumstances.
Maybe the cheetah thought the president was going to steal its gruel .