Cheetah Cubs Learn Hunting by Playing

Active games such as «catching up” help cubs developing hunting strategies and improving their hunting skills with time. After a long afternoon rest, mother often initiates the chase, willingly playing the role of a “victim.” Cubs demonstrate all phases of hunting – from stalking, chasing and knocking down to suffocating the “prey”. 9-year old Amani is one of the oldest and the most successful female mothers, is using every opportunity to teach her offspring. Recently, evening family game ended with a real hunt – one cub managed to catch a hare in the bush. The earlier young cheetahs learn hunting, the more chances they get to survive after the mother leaves them.