THE FIVE MUSKETEERS
The five Musketeers have had a week worthy of their literary name. There’s been the search for love, the appearance of a presumably old foe and and good ol’ fashioned standoff. On Monday morning we saw D’Artagnan, the collared male (and the only one of the five with a proper name), wandering the plains and making a noise meant to stimulate female ovulation. The cheetah was successfully wooed a nearby female with his animalian serenade and the two were seen laying under a tree, side by side.
The very next day the scene grew in intensity as a new cheetah character, Mugi, sauntered his way in, potentially drawn in by the high number of available females in the area. Mugi, Miale’s grown son, was forced into a solitary state by the death of his brother in February. It was clear, however, that we was not prepared to encounter the dominant and intimidating cheetah coalition. Four of the five Musketeers, including D’Artagnan, encircled the Mugi, taunting him in a standoff that lasted over a day. During this intense altercation when it wasn’t clear whether the four would kill the interloper or invite him to join the already impressive group, the fifth cheetah was engaging in a less violent, but no less testosterone filled activity- mating.
WE caught up to all five members of the coalition in a much more relaxed state. Mugi, however, has not been seen. It is assumed that he successfully escaped the standoff, living to see another day.