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PICS: Cheetah cub charges zebras!

My wife and I are lucky enough to be invited to the Tuli Block in Botswana by good friends once or twice a year. We normally go in a group of 10 people, and this time we were staying at Sethare Game Lodge in Mashatu Game Reserve. On one late-afternoon drive, we had been following a female cheetah and her four cubs for quite a while when the mother lay down to rest.

The cubs were playing with each other and climbing trees. There were plenty of other animals in the area but nothing of interest to eat – or so it seemed to us. Suddenly one cub got up and charged some zebra that were grazing about 300 metres away. The zebras split and ran in different directions with the cheetah hot on the heels of a couple of them. I’m sure it would not have known what to do if it had caught a zebra!

I had my camera on motor drive and just kept on shooting. I used my Canon EOS 7D Mark II, with a Canon 300 mm 2.8 lens. I always keep my camera on motor drive and a high shutter speed when I’m near predators or birds. Just in case something exciting happens, like in this instance. The zebra ran up a small hill and got away. The young cheetah returned a little while later to join the rest of its family, looking very proud to have chased something!

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