The cheetah – coloured to blend in perfectly to the dry grasslands of African and capable of reaching speeds exceeding 70mph – is considered one of the world’s greatest predators.
Using a mixture of cunning, stealth and sheer speed, it stalks its prey to within a few hundred metres before chasing it down, tripping it with its paws, and biting into its throat.
These incredible pictures show a cheetah camouflaged perfectly within the long grass hunting its prey at full speed – can you spot the hidden cat?
Here I am: The hidden cheetah is circled in this photograph, which shows it is camouflaged within the long yellow grass
Mr Gerlach said: ‘The attack started suddenly, like an arrow off a crossbow. All three attacked the herd from different sides. The special thing was that there was nothing special to see at first.
‘Then I saw it. The three cheetah brothers and I was the only photographer in sight. After only a few seconds one of the hunters had captured an approximately nine-month-old calf. With a firm stranglehold on the throat he strangled the calf.
‘He began to devour the prey at breakneck speed and they do this so other predators, such as lions or hyenas can’t get to their loot. Then after only a few minutes the cheetahs fell tired and rested on a full stomach in the grass around.’