Moment cheetah chases down impala before leaping on its back and serving up dinner for her cubs in South Africa


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This is the moment a sprinting cheetah chased down an impala before leaping on its back and serving up dinner for her cubs.

Pictures show the big cat stalking the animal in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa before launching into a sprint as a herd of impala cross the plain.

The dramatic images, taken by 30-year-old field guide Greg Esterhuysen, then capture the moment the hunter takes down its prey, leaping on to its back and dragging it to the ground.

On the attack: Pictures captured the moment a sprinting cheetah chased down an impala before leaping on its back and serving up her cubs
Take down: Pictures show the big cat stalking the animal in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa before launching into a sprint as a herd of impala cross the plain
Snared: The dramatic images, taken by 30-year-old field guide Greg Esterhuysen, then capture the moment the hunter takes down its prey, leaping on to its back and dragging it to the ground
Dinner: Seconds later, the female cheetah’s cubs descend on the scene to enjoy the feast provided by their mother

Seconds later, the female cheetah’s cubs descend on the scene to enjoy the feast provided by their mother.

Mr Esterhuysen had heard that a cheetah and her young were in the area and took a family from the United States to see if they could catch a glimpse of the predator.

On the way, he spotted a herd of 20 impala before seeing a cheetah in stalking mode with ‘head down and ears back’ about 200 metres away.

Mr Esterhuysen had heard that a cheetah and her young were in the area and took a family from the United States to see if they could catch a glimpse of the predator
On the way, he spotted a herd of 20 impala before seeing a cheetah in stalking mode with ‘head down and ears back’ about 200 metres away
The dramatic images were captured by 30-year-old field guide Greg Esterhuysen who was showing an American family around the area
Gruesome: The family of cheetahs soon moved in for the kill, with the cubs devouring the impala after their mother had chased it down

Moments later, the big cat spotted two impala on their own and launched its attack.

Mr Esterhuysen said he ‘pressed the shutter and hoped for the best’ as he took pictures of the dramatic hunt.

He said: ‘I was hoping that I got it on film since you don’t see this often, even for a field guide

Satisfied: The family feasted on the impala after a dramatic chase in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
Feeding time: The proud mother is pictured standing over her prey with her cubs by her side in Pilanesberg National Park

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