Moment between wildebeest and cheetah when wildebeest turns the tables on a cheetah trying to make it dinner!!
As this incredible series of photographs show. There is one kind of free dinner that likes being free. And will fight hoof and tail to keep it that way.
So when the cheetah tried to hunt down a young wildebeest, the plucky calf stood its ground and gave the predator a nasty surprise.
The cheetah tries to chase down a young wildebeest
Tables turned: As this incredible series of photographs show, there is one kind of free dinner that likes being free, and will fight hoof and tail to keep it that way
Charge: The cheetah dodges the wildebeest’s horns as it lunges in the long grass
Easy target? The wildebeest calf was slightly slower than the rest of the adult wildebeest and looked like an easy target
The images, taken by British photographer Manoj Shah, show the wildebeest fought back sending the cheetah running from its horns.
The cheetah – named Malaika by local guides – had been tracked for several days by Manoj’s party studying her hunting habits.
Manoj said: ‘The cheetah mother Malaika had to hunt every day or two to feed herself and the fast growing cub.
‘I was taking her pictures as she was seated with the cub on a termite mound.
Attack: Moving at top speed, the cheetah caught up with the wildebeest calf and put her front two feet on the wildebeests back, trying to bring it down
Hanging on: She tried to hold on to the wildebeest as it thrashed about trying to break free
Ferocious: The young wildebeest turns, dips its horns and charges at the unsuspecting cheetah in a last-ditch bid to save its own life
‘While on the mound, the cheetah – with a much more powerful eyesight than humans. I was using binoculars all the time.
‘She quickly left the cub on the mound and started walking fast to the line of the wildebeest.
Her walk turned into a fast sprint at at approximate distance of 100 metres from the wildebeest group.’
An almighty tussle broke out between the two as the wildebeest fought for its life and the cheetah its livelihood
The wildebeest refused to lie down and fought back
Wild frenzy: The pair circled each other, locked in battle. As – for a brief moment – the hunted became the hunter
Victory: Incredibly, the cheetah ends up giving up the chase and running away
Manoj said the cheetah quickly singled out a potential target.
He said: ‘Cheetahs are known to reach a speed of about 100 kmph in a few seconds.
‘The wildebeest started running on spotting the fast encroaching cheetah. The wildebeest calf was slower than the rest and became an easy target.
‘Moving at top speed, the cheetah caught up with the wildebeest calf and put her front two feet on the wildebeests back, trying to bring it down.
‘But the wildebeest calf was brave and a strong fighter. It could not be brought down but instead it turned to face the cheetah, throwing off the cheetah on the ground.
‘The wildebeest calf then charged with its horns and the scared the cheetah ran off.
Being at a slight disadvantage the cheetah did not want to get injured as her cub was totally dependent on her hunting skills. So she let the wildebeest go.’