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The same two Cheetah brothers I posted earlier. This was taken after they had eaten the Springbok. It was very interesting to watch, because they started cleaning each other, licking the blood of each other. In Africa nothing gets wasted!

An interesting fact about Cheetahs is that, unlike the rest of the cat family, their claws cannot retract. Note the claws of the Cheetah lying down.

Photo taken at 500mm (750mm on the D100) from a distance of over 100 meters, so I had to crop the original file quite a bit.

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus):
Males weigh between 39 and 60kg. They hunt small to medium-sized antelope, ostriches, warthogs, hares and guinea fowl. They can get up to 12 years old. They prefer open woodland and savannah, and are usually found in pairs. They are diurnal, and most active at sunrise and sunset. During the hottest part of the day they rest in the shade of trees. They are the fastest of all land animals, reaching a speed of 100km/h and more over short distances.

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