THE MUSKETEER CHEETAH COALITION
WE have watched more than one unsuccessful cheetah hunts lately, but the cheetahs’ failure wasn’t going to deter them from trying again; their survival depends on perseverance. Once twilight took hold, the five cheetah brothers tried their luck with a herd of various herbivores. The action unfolded rather quickly as the brothers raced headlong into the herd, almost immediately grabbing a very young Thomson’s gazelle that had been separated from the rest of its group. Once the brothers merged onto their prey, the wildebeests froze and watched on as the cheetahs devoured the small antelope; one could only guess what was going through their minds as the cheetahs’ played tug-o-war with their meager meal.
But the little snack clearly was not enough. One member of the coalition endeavored to go at it again for a more appropriately sized meal, causing further pandemonium within the wildebeest herd. Alas, it was not to be and the Musketeers had to be temporarily satisfied with the little Thommie.