Mother cheetah teaches her cubs how to take down a buck


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A mother cheetah teaching her cubs the art of the kill prey.

She chased down a reedbuck. Mother cheetah held it from behind, allowing her cubs to practice the skills needed for them to survive alone in the wild.

Safari tour guide Thomas Nkwazi said: ‘The mother began by stalking the prey and catching it before allowing her cubs to rush in and help her.

‘She was holding the common reedbuck to practice their killing skills. They practiced for a long time. Since they are not experienced to kill.’ When the cubs are fully grown they will be able to run up to 70mph, which should make hunting prey far more simple.
Thomas said: ‘Looking at the pictures you can tell they had no idea what to do to kill the reedbuck. Cheetah mothers give birth to a litter of three cubs.
Thomas said: ‘Female cheetahs are solitary unless mating or accompanied by their cubs. Once she gives birth to her cubs then this means a lot of responsibilities – making sure they are safe, feeding them and teaching them survival skills.’ There are fewer than 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild, making the cheetah Africa’s most endangered big cat.

A mother cheetah teaching her cubs the art of the kill prey
The cheetah mother chased down a reedbuck
She kept a firm grip to give the young ones a chance to practice their essential killing skills
When the cubs are fully grown they will be able to run up to 70mph
Cheetah mothers typically give birth to a litter of three cubs
The mother began by stalking the prey and catching it before allowing her cubs to rush
Female cheetahs are solitary unless mating or accompanied by their cubs

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