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Cheetah hunts down ostrich to feed her cubs in the Kgalagadi

9 July 2014 | Natalie White Book Accommodation

Ostrich killed by cheetah

 

This lucky sighting takes us back to the winter of 2010 when Kobus Saymaan and his friend Johnny Foonk were on a visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Whilst out on a drive they came across a cheetah and her cubs and quickly identified that they were on the hunt in the Auob riverbed. When looking through the binos a little further down the river, they noticed a group of ostriches heading straight in the direction of the hunting cheetahs.

The cheetahs planned the ambush well, sidelining one of the ostriches and then starting the attack. The female cheetah chased the ostrich up the hill and managed to bring it down. It was all over in a matter of minutes!

Luckily for Kobus he was able to capture some of the action while his partner Johnny unfortunately missed out due to a flat camera battery, what cruel timing!

 

 Ostrich chased by cheetah

Ostrich attacked by cheetah