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  1. @AmyT, I hope so much that Figlet will grow to an adult leopard same as her brother Olare who is now independent and lives in Mara North. And that she will stay in Olare and there will be more leopards there *** I am sorry! I know that it is little bit...ok, ok, way too much photos of Figlet. But she is so cute!!!! That is my story and I am sticking to it. /Singing/ But I can't stop posting them, no, I can't stop posting them, why should I?
  2. I know! It is same for me, I have never seen leopards resting like this before I would have agreed before the last trip, but I have now seen Lorian too. And my heart is torn lol. They are both so beautiful cats I laughed when I saw her too, I could not believe she could stay like this for a long time, no problem Day 5. We started the day trying to find 3 sub adult cheetahs, that were separated recently (if i remember it correctly, it is Kiraposhe's cubs). They had been staying on Motorogi area. But the mission was not accomplished. We went back to Olare and spent some time with Fig and Figlet (5 month old female cub)Mother and daughterFig was not relaxed. She was watching surroundings very attentively as there were some baboons nearby:
  3. She soon got down and started to look for some hunting opportunities (appearing from and returning back to gullets) At some point she got tired of people and disappeared in bushes completely. On our way back to camp we stopped near a jackal den with 7 pups: Another day was over.
  4. After spending some time with Malaika and her boys, we returned to the conservancy. We came across this sleepy "kitten":and a quite photogenic bull:And then the queen of Olare (female leopard Fig) was found. I don't know how this pose can be comfortable but Fig looked very relaxed:After some rest, Fig woke up and started to groom herself. That was promising:Then she started to think what her dinner was going to be:
  5. Day 4 (still not the end)Ironically, they again met topi herd with day or two old calves (different herd). And there were again some inexperienced mothers there. Usually experienced mothers start to run away with their calves as soon as they see a predator as they know that a calf will not be able to overrun a cheetah on a short distance. If it does not work they run from a cheetah being close to their calf because they can try to fight a cheetah or two. However in this case not only mother topi did not bother to move her calf earlier (cheetahs were seen in advance) but she ran away herself and left her calf behind the herd alone. The outcome was predictable, it was an easy hunt and not even for Malaika, one of her boys did it start to finish: Got it:Nothing got wasted:I promise the end of the day will be more positive.
  6. Day 4 (continuation)Malaika walked little bit, chose nice bushes and fell asleep. And we were sitting there, and sitting, and sitting. Good thing I had my book with me :). After a few hours of sleep and a good shower (I love rains, they make cats to move ) the family started to move:Some drink:One of sons was posing. As far as I know Malaika had already made one attempt to push them out (it is suggested that she went to mate), then she returned, she will probably push them out completely within a few weeks.Pipit:The hunt has started:Hiding:
  7. We all decided that this deal was done, Malaika would get it as she had two sons to trick the mother topi. And Malaika started to run: ... wait a minute! What was going on? She was running after the "wrong" calf. She ran after the one that was older (on the left, on the photo above). She did not notice the younger one or maybe she lost it when whole herd started to run. It was a very dramatic chase, Malaika got the other baby, but the mother pushed her away... then Malaika's son joined the chase and ran after the baby, the topi mother was trying to catch, but she tripped and fell over her head. Malaika boy approached the calf.... and did nothing. He got confused, sat and was checking what Malaika was doing. The herd and the calf ran away. But where was the new born calf? It stayed unnoticed and lied on the ground: It was lying without any movement but it was quietly calling for the mother. It was heart breaking. I was told that normally topis come and check later if their calves are alive. But in this case the mother was way too inexperienced she could have decided that the calf was eaten. It was also a new born calf so the mother did not have that strong attachment. All in all the chances were high that she would never come back. We stayed in the area for a few hours (we could see the spot with binoculars) and she never came back. The sun was very strong, then it was raining, I could not stop thinking about the baby. I am still having tears in my eyes. Sometimes nature is such a bitch.
  8. I am keeping my fingers crossed for them to stay together. They are such a treat for any safari lover :). Thank you for kind words! Day 4. That was one of saddest morning for me. But first things first. I don't remember why we did not go to boys. Either they were not found or they got something the night before (after we left) or maybe Malaika was hunting and we decided to join her. In any case we went to Malaika. We stopped near bat eared fox den and fox cubs are the cutest cubs ever Then we met a topi herd with some youngsters: And right after this we came across a new born topi. It was so great to watch the calf. The mother seemed to be very inexperienced as she did not allow a baby to suckle for quite a long time. She was pushing it away but after like 30 attempts she figured this out:I told Meshack that as things seemed to be settled here we could continue our way to Malaika. And I was shocked when he replied that we did not have to move as Malaika was very close and she would appear here very soon. I almost got a heart attack, as this calf had no chances and even more I was afraid that Malaika would not even kill it and just would allow her boys to play with it. Sure enough Malaika arrived. Here she is, watching the herd and the new born baby (the one on the right):
  9. Thank you! I am the same, it is very hard to watch a slow kill or when a prey is eaten alive. But I must say a camera works for me as a filter, it is almost as if I watch video. Musketeers are very good in bringing down topis, there are some recent videos on Safari Live FB page on this. If there is a word "cheetah" it is not an off topic The interesting thing about this coalition is nobody knows if they stay together. There are a lot of speculations that they will split when they start to mate. Quite a few people believe that when they lost one of them recently for a day or two it was because of mating (by the way they are still limping). I really hope that they will learn how to be together no matter what. They are such a powerful group and so much fun to follow.
  10. I am not an expert. But I was told by the Nat Geo guys that this was the biggest gnu they were trying to get. Actually here is the video from Safari Live (only 3 month old) and they took much smaller wildebeest and nevertheless the guide says that it is the biggest wildebeest they had got so far. Maybe they are still mastering their skills? I mean they are still very young boys.
  11. And here is the link to the short video, that was recorded by Empaps Meshack Sayialel (my guide)
  12. Yes, that was definitely a huge highlight, but very emotional! I truly did not know which side to cheer for.
  13. The wildebeest started to move a lot trying to shake cheetahs off: And at some point it managed to get rid of two boys on one side and it ran into the gap. Suddenly a hyena appeared and chased the wildebeest for 100 meters. But it escaped. It was definitely the lucky day. I have my hands and knees trembling. I was feeling happy for the antelope, I was feeling sorry for boys: so much effort and no gain. The only thought that was helping me was the fact that the hyena was right there, they would lose this kill any way. They had no chance to keep it. As far as I understand it was their first (or one of first) attempts to bring down that large antelope. they go for large wildebeests (2-2.5 year old) but not fully grown. I am still wondering if they would have been more successful if the collared boy had participated more...On our way back home we stopped near Malaika and her boys. There was a fight there too, but joyful and easy
  14. Look how they were biting hind legs to make the wildebeest to lose its balance:The wildebeest started to come down... It was on its knees:But no, he found stamina to come back:
  15. The collared one was still patrollingEverybody else was using different techniques: they were pushing from the top, pulling the wildebeest head down, biting legs The collared one was still thinking And here the wildebeest almost got rid of cheetahs:But they came back The collared guy was finally participating:

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