Pregnant Nora

12/04/2018
To reduce energy costs, pregnant cheetah females hunt small prey: fawns and hares. However, old gazelles with poor vision and impaired smelling can become an easy target. Large prey requires more time for consuming and attracts attention of different kleptoparasites. Three days ago, pregnant Nora took down a fully-grown male of Thomson gazelle, crept up to him at 15 meters. Within half an hour, she ate a haunch, when a family of four warthogs appeared on the scene. Nora attempted to drive them away, but immediately after that, the animals turned the tables, and the warthog female chased the cheetah from the kill. Three other warthogs joined the chase. When Nora was far from the kill, the vultures, jackals and an adult male warthog approached it. Lying under the bush in 200m, Nora was watching the kill torn to pieces by vultures and two jackals sharing the piece with the male warthog. In half an hour, when nothing was left, Nora checked the spot.