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Tribute to the mighty "Boys of Lagoon"

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First post for this thread is from August 2010 - We were just in shock to witness this sighting ..... On a transfer from Lagoon to Lebala; we picked up their tracks just around Cut line pan and tracked them thereafter and this sighting was close to sunset around the Baobab at Lebala (now fallen).

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~ @@madaboutcheetah

 

What was the outcome?

Did they have a meal?

Tremendous series!

Thank you for sharing this!

Tom K.

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Did they get a meal? ........ Here goes!!!

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FYI - I still remember the guide Dux was in one of the two vehicles (Thabo being the other) guiding a Chinese group of professors from Mainland China and he was just numb all evening and totally speechless after witnessing this - such was this mighty coalition!!!!

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~ @@madaboutcheetah

 

Ha! That's surely the most visually stunning answer to a question that I've ever had on Safaritalk!

Crystal-clear! Feast they did!

Whoever their mama was, she did a mighty fine job of teaching them to hunt.

Those professors who saw that must have been stunned!

I know I would have been, as your masterful images are EXTRAORDINARY!

Many, many THANKS for posting these.

Tom K.

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Amazing action series. I have added it to the Greatest action shots thread.

The expression on the cheetahs face in the second post - 1st image- is extraordinary. He is grinning in satisfaction with his paw on his brothers back as if to say "well done that was tasty, enjoy the meal brother".

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@@madaboutcheetah Crikey, how did I miss this topic? Smashing stuff...

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Thanks a lot @@Tom Kellie @@AKR1 and @@Game Warden - I wish i got images of the start of the hunt .......... We were parked under a shade about 50m away from the snoozing brothers (with lunch plates in hand; and tupper ware spread out all over the vehicle) ...... The boys obviously saw the Tsessebe and the lead hunter attacked him; much like a Lion clawing a buffalo's back (by which time - we were really far away) and had to rush closer to the scene. They went from flat to all out just like that!!! Ever since that day; anytime they would lie down for extended periods - we would open up at least our fruit box in the hope that our meal/snack would be a good luck charm!

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http://safaritalk.net/topic/15258-tales-and-memories-from-the-kwando-concession-sept-2015/page-12

 

Here's the link to how they changed their hunting tactics with age and the possible loss of their lead hunter in 2014 (assuming so, as no one has seen him since early 2014) ........

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That is a really remarkable bunch of photos. What a tenacious group of cheetahs!

Can't wait to see what else you might have in store for this tribute.

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@@madaboutcheetah...great photos! Thanks for sharing.

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I'm exhausted and I just watched. What a kill! No wonder it often takes the cheetahs a little while to cool down after a kill to eat.

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Here's part 3 of the Tribute ...... This time a video tribute to show them in all their might!!! Feb, 2011 ....... This time at the Lebala end of the concession!

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Posted (edited)

Amazing videos. A little hard to watch at points, but what incredible animals.

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Wow! Unbelievable expressions on the faces of those cheetahs. What an incredible experience. I can feel the adrenaline through the screen, even though my little house cat is lightly snoring next to me. I love that you would unpack the fruit box every day, in the hopes of it bringing you good luck!

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@@madaboutcheetah WOW
I am jealous
Incredible both kills. I have not seen many coalitions of cheetahs and never seen a cheetah take down so big pray.

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Incredible sightings of incredible animals.
Not only fantastic daylight kills but of such large, atypical prey too - no meagre Impala for these boys!
Just fantastic.

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