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| p.1 #10 · Living together in the Serengeti #7 |
Thanks Lil, Birdie, Roger, Ken Collett, Eric, KenMunroe, Ron and Ted.
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 in some danger, but they could easily outrun lions or hyenas.
Note that our Kenyan guide never BS-ed us about anything- he was just a very good driver/guide, not a PR guy.
Attacked by a cheetah? Wow! That's quite a big deal. There's certainly more to the story, Eric. Can you give me a connection so that I can read more about it. As you know better than I, such an event (regarding cheetahs) is quite rare- if not unique.