Vulture vs Cheetah Fight For Food

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Vulture is eating corpses. So It often takes away the food of other animals. In a recording session, the moment  two Cheetah fought off more than 30 other vultures to eat a impala has been caught on camera in a series of stunning pictures.he scenes were captured as the Lappet-faced vulture with a 12ft wingspan took control of the dead animal.

A vulture is a scavenging bird of prey. The two types of vultures are the New World vultures, including the Californian and Andean condors, and the Old World vultures, New World vultures are found in North and South America; Old World vultures are found in Europe, Africa, and Asia, meaning that between the two groups, vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Vultures rarely attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick. When a carcass has too thick a hide for its beak to open, it waits for a larger scavenger to eat first. The cheetah is a large cat of the subfamily Felinae that occurs in Southern, North and East Africa, and a few localities in Iran.

Cheetah eat small antelope – Dik Dik, Springbok, Steenbok, Duikers, Impala and Gazelle. They also eat the young of larger animals – Warthog, Kudu, Hartebeest, Oryx, Roan and Sable – as well as game birds and rabbits.

What kind of species are cheetahs ??

Currently, there are four species of cheetah in the world:

  • Southern African cheetah: This is the nominate cheetah subspecies. It occurs in Southern and East African
  • Asiatic cheetah: This subspecies is confined to Iran, and is thus the only surviving cheetah population in Asia
  • Northeast African cheetah: This subspecies occurs in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea
  • Northwest African cheetah: This subspecies occurs in Northwestern Africa including Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger

The cheetah even got the vultures of prey’s talons in its back as it attempted to pick off some meat. The other birds and scavengers waited until the huge vulture had flown off before they returned.

Robert Fuller, a British photographer, shot the scenes in Tanzania. He was returning from taking photos of the animal migration and cheetah cubs when he spotted dozens of vultures picking over a carcase.

He set up his camera and recorded the carnivorous squabble that followed. There were over 30 smaller Rüppell’s griffon vultures feasting when their enormous counterpart arrived. It scared them off and then attacked the cheetah before returning and eating. Mr Fuller, from Thixendale, North Yorks, said: “A colleague and I had been photographing two cheetah and were returning when we saw the impala.

“Some hyenas were leaving it and some vultures, mainly Rüppell’s griffon vultures with a few white backs, came down to feed. “Then I saw the Lappet-faced vulture, Africa’s largest with a three metre wingspan, overhead and quickly trained my camera on him, waiting for landing shots.

“It soon became clear he was not messing around and flew directly to the kill, right into a heap of 35 vultures.”As he landed, he managed to get one vulture in each of his talons, another one in his bill, while also flattening four with each wing.

“With the sheer force of his entrance, the vulture had already taken care of 11 rivals and quickly scared off the other 24. “It ate ferociously before the cheetah approached the impala.

“The vulture immediately attacked and dug its talons into the cheetah’s back and dragged it seven or eight metres through all the other vultures. “The Lappet-faced vulture then returned to finish its meal and only when it had flown off did the others move back. “The incident went on for 40 minutes and the noise was incredible.”



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