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Cheetah - Masai Mara (Doogs)

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Post  Doogs on Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:43 am

We were lucky enough to see two different cheetah whilst in the Mara.

The first was a coalition of 3 males, don't know who they are but Vincent said they were about 4 years old. We saw them on the afternoon of 09/09/11 where they were just enjoying the sunshine and resting up, only moving to eventually seek out some shade.

The next morning, along with umpteen other jeeps (marischalled by the Rangers) we watched as the boys made a couple of unsuccessful attempts at hunting wildebeest. They then moved away from the group, lay down in the grass and were very, very patient (as were we !) until the wildebeest came to them and they successfully caught one. This was our 4th cheetah kill that we've seen in Kenya, we've been really lucky at seeing one on each visit we've made. It's hard to keep track when there's 3 cheetah and a herd of wildies running everywhere so it was exciting stuff

Our second cheetah was a lone (unknown) female who we saw on our last morning. She was right at the border of the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Mara Conservancy feeding on a Thomson Gazelle under a tree. She didn't look old and her rather large tummy was not as a result of what she was eating, she was definitely pregnant Once she finished eating she headed off over the border into the MC where we followed for a short time before leaving her be due to the number of vehicles that started coming and also that we were not supposed to me in the MC, it's a different park with it's own fees !

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Post  Doogs on Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:54 am

The Boys enjoying the sunshine
(I've got a very similar photo to this of Honey's Boys from a previous safari !)


One of the Boys Surveying the Scene


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Post  Doogs on Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:01 pm

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Post  littlewid on Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:22 pm

That definiately is not a tummy full of food is it Doogs, that is most definiately a tummy full of little Cheetah and she looks about ready to give birth as well. Have you kept in touch with your guide to know when she gives birth and how many little ones she has?

Loving the three boys, they do remind me of Honeys boys, I hope they are as successful as they are, wonder if one of them is the dad of your lone female?

Great pictures again and really looking forward to the next installment

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Post  whitestarling on Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:14 pm

Fantastic photos Doogs. It would be really great if they were as successful as Honeys Boys would'nt it. It must have been really exciting to watch the chase, they really are fantastic Cats. Got to agree with LW, looks as though there's some little Cheetahs on the way. Thanks for sharing Doogs
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Post  Safari Maiden on Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:15 am

Another great account Doogs and the pictures as well. How great is it to see another cheetah with a full belly of little cheetahs. This is good news for the mara.

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Post  Laikipia on Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:50 am

Great photos and wonderful 'blog' Doogs. You were lucky to see so many cheetah and Honey's boys always seem to be sleeping Very Happy

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