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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 30 01:10 AM

Jan 30, 2010: Cheetahs Win

These three Cheetah brothers easily separated this Impala fawn from the herd. But then, evidently they weren't hungry, because they just played with it a little, then let it go.

Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw.
'These three brothers have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,' he said. 'On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together.
'At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily.'
These extraordinary scenes followed, as the cheetahs played with the young impala the way a domestic cat might play with a ball of string.
'They knocked it down, but then they lost interest,' said Michel. 'For more than 15 minutes, they remained with the young antelope without doing anything other than licking it or putting their paws on the impala's head.'
Even more extraordinarily, this story has a happy ending - after one tense moment when it looked as though one cheetah would bite the impala on the neck, the youngster ran away.
Let's hope it didn't tell all its friends how nice those big, scarylooking cheetahs really are when you get to know them.
One very lucky Impala.
Maybe it made the boys melancholy, 'cause it smelled like Mama's breath.



pocketlama  Saturday Jan 30 03:26 AM

Mama's breath... hahaha The webs are full of people talking about unity of species and triumph of love over hate. It's just a group of bored cats terrorizing the impala for fun. Nature at it's most mundane, I think.

SPUCK  Saturday Jan 30 06:26 AM

OK come on!
It's obvious what happened.
That's actually a Tofuimpala.

TheMercenary  Saturday Jan 30 11:22 AM

They were just licking the lollypop before they bit to the chewy middle.

Diaphone Jim  Saturday Jan 30 12:00 PM

Even though I'd never heard of "Mr Hanky half way out the door" (see "Coyotesicle 1/23/10), this is obviously the Impala's time.

ajaccio  Saturday Jan 30 05:21 PM


Somehow I don't this bodes well for these cheetahs being smart hunters in the future...

ZenGum  Saturday Jan 30 08:05 PM

They're not being nice. They're just planning ahead.

Clodfobble  Saturday Jan 30 09:40 PM

"I licked it, so it's mine now!"

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jan 31 12:05 AM

Good one.

Ever notice Impalas have a mouth that looks like a cartoon character?

Pete Zicato  Sunday Jan 31 10:49 AM

They should have never gone for Impalas in the first place.

They have a horrible trade-in value.

monster  Sunday Jan 31 07:06 PM

It's a cheetah bachelor party -a last fling with someone totally unsuitable and of a different species before he settles down with another cheetah.

(That's not the tongue of the middle one, it's the knob of the one at the back. Jus' sayin')

Gravdigr  Monday Feb 1 05:54 PM

This would've been more fun if I hadn't had to re-save the pic four times to get in under the 175 kb limit. (All that for one word.)

linknoid  Tuesday Feb 2 07:23 AM

This story made it onto Cute Overload, and several people gave more details in their comments (so none of this information is original to me, I'm just repeating what they said over there). Apparently the cheetahs didn't actually let the impala go, Daily Mail made up the ending. Here's what actually happened after the impala ran away:

(search for cheetah and impala for the full series)

Clodfobble  Tuesday Feb 2 09:29 AM

Daily Mail made up the ending.
What? No! Say it isn't so!

classicman  Tuesday Feb 2 09:30 AM

thanks. But just so ya know . . . sometimes ignorance really IS bliss.

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