This day (17th October 2019) we came back to try to find them, as we knew that they were on the move searching for possible prey. On our way, we saw several newborn topi calves in the surrounding areas.
When we were taking pictures of the Topi and her calf, the coalition appeared walking in line. They have chosen the antelopes as their targets. The leading male suddenly attacked the female and the mother managed to run away from their first hit. Then, another male grabbed the calf and the adult topi came back to defend it.
As soon as she closed, the rest of the cheetahs captured and knocked her down. The male with the calf grouped with the rest of the pack and let it beside its mother body.
When the calf, disoriented, stood up, the same male that captured it killed it some meters away.
In the end, mother and calf (probably it was born that day as we can see the apron string in some pictures) died together.
Mother nature’s rules: Life and death on the endless plains of Maasai Mara.
Tano Bora are a Cheetah Coalition in Masai Mara, which has dominated most parts of the Larger Mara North Area. They always draw a lot of attention, as its a unique sighting to see cheetahs in a coalition. This is a survival tactic to these brothers as they find it easy to move around the park/reserve with no signs of attacks from any other predators. Also, they cover a wide area in terms of territory and make them easy to hunt and dominate.
See Photos Here of Topi Mother, Calf & 5 Cheetah Mara Coalition
Topi Mother, Calf & 5 Cheetah Mara Coalition Photos and Narration were taken by Paco Izquiredo while staying at Cheetah Tented Camp Masai Mara.
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