These kids eat nothing but fast food: SIX hungry cheetah cubs learn to hunt with mum
With six hungry mouths to feed, there’s only one thing a mother can do – teach the kids to get their own tea.
This cheetah and her unusually large family seem to be making good progress on the self-catering front, even if the playful cubs sometimes forget hunting duty for a spot of rough and tumble instead.
Barely 10 per cent of cheetah cubs make it past three months in the wild, so at a sleek four months, these youngsters have already beaten the harshest of odds.
She no doubt has her paws full with the rambunctious brood
And they are a real credit to their
mother’s ingenuity and dedication. As well as teaching them to hunt,
she has to keep them hidden from predators, frequently changing hiding
places to keep their enemies guessing.
Then she has to put up with their
rather boisterous behaviour – six times over. But the family photos,
taken in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, show she is managing
beautifully so far.
UP HERE! The cheetah led her brood up a tree for a better look at the beautiful surroundings
A spokesman for the Cheetah Conservation Fund was delighted that such an endangered species is doing so well. She said: ‘It fills us with hope that a mother can successfully look after numbers like this.’
But she’ll have her paws full for some time.
Cheetah cubs don’t leave their mothers until they are 18 months old.
A cheetah with her six cubs in Massai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, all in a row
Captured on camera in October in the Massai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, by Italian wildlife photographer Paolo Torchio the little ones pestering their dedicated mum - just like excitable school kids running around the feet of a human parent.
Their rough-and-tumble approach to play will equip them with the skills they'll need when they mature, so they can cope with a life in the big wide world and hunt successfully.
The mum didn't have much time to prepare for her six-fold blessing. Cheetah pregnancies only last about three months
There was no father cheetah in site as the cubs dashed about with their mum close by
Patricia Tricorache from international charity Cheetah Conservation Fund, said: 'It's an extraordinary and rare achievement to successfully rear a litter of this size, and great news for the species.'
For more stunning cheetah photos, visit the BBC Wildlife Magazine website at www.bbcwildlifemagazine.com
These two cubs enjoyed a playful sibling wrestling match
Cheetahs are easily distinguished from leopards by the black tear lines under their eyes
The seven beautiful cats took a break from playing and enjoyed a peaceful sunset together
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